Manchester United and Real Madrid appear to have been handed a big boost in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, with Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino having claimed that he has not spoken to anyone about potentially signing the player.
26-year-old Vidal, who has been with Juventus since switching from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen in 2011, has been in quite superb form for the Old Lady in recent times as they look to claim their third-consecutive Serie A title.
Unsurprisingly given his consistently excellent form in the very heart of Antoni Conte's impressive midfield, the Chilean international has been at the centre of some rather fervent transfer speculation in recent times - with both Manchester United and Real Madrid having been linked with moves for Vidal.
Barcelona have also been mentioned in relation to the player, but Martino - whilst being effusive in his praise for the £40 million-rated midfield talent - insists he has not made a move for his services.
"Arturo Vidal, to me, seems like an excellent footballer, but I have not spoken with anyone about signing him for Barcelona," he told reporters at a weekly press conference that was quoted by talkSPORT.
Indeed whether Martino and Barcelona intend to make a move for Vidal in the future, remains to be seen. But with the club set to listen to offers for outcast Alex Song, there could be a void to fill in squad very shortly.
Given Manchester United's difficulties in the midfield area so far during a difficult season under David Moyes, Old Trafford would appear to be the destination where Vidal is perhaps most needed.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, currently have a number of talented midfielders in their ranks at the Santiago Bernabeu - including the likes of Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira.
However, despite that, it would not be particularly difficult to envisage Carlo Ancelotti making a move for Vidal given Real Madrid's reputation for exorbitant spending in the transfer market.
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