Arturo Vidal's agent Fernando Felicevich has held talks with Real Madrid to find out if the Spanish giants have a genuine interest in signing his client when the January transfer window, putting Manchester United's chances of finally landing the Chilean midfield maestro in serious danger.
Felicevich is reported by Tuttosport to have told Madrid chiefs that Juve are willing to sell Vidal following his well-publicised late night antics in Turin last week, but only for a whopping fee between €65-70 million.
Vidal to be touted around Europe in January
Juve showed a stubborn streak to stop Man United signing Vidal off the back of a strong showing at the World Cup, but the goalposts have now moved in terms of the Old Lady's attitude to their vibrant talisman.
Vidal was snapped leaving a Turin nightclub at 5.20am in the early hours of last Friday morning, less than 72 hours before a crunch Serie A clash with bitter Scudetto rivals Roma.
Bianconeri chiefs decided to hand Vidal a €100,000 fine for his conduct and his manager Massimiliano Allegri also dropped him from the starting XI for the Roma game.
Struggles with fitness have forced Juve to play without Vidal consistently in the last two months and they have a 100% record in Serie A regardless, helping Juve to view life without the 27-year-old in a whole different light.
Vidal won't come cheap as a result of this change of heart, but if United or Madrid are willing to spend big in January a world-class midfielder is now there for the taking.
International break provides chance to take stock
Chile's friendly against Peru this weekend has come at a good time Vidal, giving the ruthless finisher a chance to put some distance between him and stories surrounding his personal life and long-term future.
Vidal is expected to hold crunch talks with Juve to seek clarification over his role under Allegri when he returns from international duty, but it looks like his representative Felicevich is already waiting to cash in.
Madrid and United have both been made aware that under the right conditions they can sign Vidal in January, but it looks tough for Los Blancos to find room in central midfield for another top player and any deal to take Juve's talisman to the Spanish capital would definitely come as a shock.
United definitely still need reinforcements in Vidal's preferred position and have shown over the last four months they aren't afraid to spend big on the right players, so don't be surprised if Louis van Gaal gives the green light to another blockbuster arrival at Old Trafford when the January window opens.
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