Manchester United favourites to land £35m Barcelona target

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Manchester United are favourites to sign Juventus playmaker Arturo Vidal before February 1st.

SkyBet have made the Red Devils as short as 5/2 to bring the Chilean international to the Premier League this month, amidst reports in the national press that the champions were lining-up a move for the £35million-rated midfielder.

Vidal has impressed in Serie 'A' since moving from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, helping the Bianconeri to the title last season.

It's led to speculation over a move away from the club though, with Spanish giants Barcelona reported to be an interested party.

The La Liga champions aren't short of options in attacking midfield, with manager Gerardo Martino rotating his stars on a regular basis at the Nou Camp.

Bookmakers don't believe Vidal will be joining Barca though, with 20/1 the quoted price for the player to end the first month of 2014 in Catalonia. Chelsea are second favourites at 8/1, with Bayern Munich next on the list at 16/1.

That means Manchester United are clearly out in-front, according to SkyBet at least, and Vidal's arrival would be a major coup for manager David Moyes.

The Scot has struggled to make his mark at Old Trafford after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, missing out on some big transfer targets in the summer before a disappointing first half of the season.

Vidal could be the spark that Manchester United to re-ignite their top four chances this season, but it remains to be seen if they can agree a deal with the Old Lady in Italy.

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