Manchester United will have to wait another six months if they want to sign Arturo Vidal after Juventus warned the Chilean playmaker he could be sold next summer if his performances don't drastically improve between now and the end of the season.
According to The Express, the 27-year-old's form has been so bad in 2014/15 that Massimo Allegri is ready to wash his hands of the midfielder, which could pave way for a big-money move to Old Trafford.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was keen to bring Vidal to the Theatre of Dreams during the summer, but was unsuccessful with a £40 million bid as the Serie 'A' giants wanted to retain his services.
However, now that Paul Pogba has established himself as the main man in the middle of the park for Juventus, Manchester United have a much better chance of securing the South American's signature in time for the new campaign.
Vidal has struggled to stay fit this term after suffering a number of recurring problems with his knee, but as long as the Premier League giants are happy that those injury issues are behind him then there is nothing stopping the player from linking up with Van Gaal's squad.
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Manchester United have been linked with a number of alternative midfield acquisitions in January, including Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan and AS Roma's fit-again star Kevin Strootman.
But, failure to recruit either of those players in the mid-season window will only increase the likelihood of Vidal moving to Old Trafford ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.