Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of both Arturo Vidal and Angel di Maria after it emerged that Juventus want to negotiate a player-swap deal with Real Madrid that will rule out any chance of the Premier League trio signing either of their midfield targets this summer.
According to the Daily Express, reports in Italian newspaper Tuttosport infer how the Serie 'A' champions are planning to obstruct prospective transfers to England by insisting that the only way Carlo Ancelotti can secure Vidal's services is by offering Di Maria in part-exchange.
Real Madrid are on the lookout for a new box-to-box midfielder and the Chile international - who is rated by Juventus at £40 million - has all the attributes needed to be a success at the Santiago Bernabeu next season.
Vidal has impressed at the World Cup having played an integral role in helping his country qualify for the knockout stage, and is also believed to have attracted admiring glances from new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
MANCHESTER UNITED TARGETS
The Holland head coach, who is set to take the reins at Old Trafford upon the completion of the tournament in Brazil, had sounded out the 27-year-old for a possible move to Manchester United, but will now have to consider alternative options.
Jose Mourinho will also be angered by Juventus' transfer market intentions having been credited with an interest in being reunited with Argentina international Di Maria at Stamford Bridge.
CHELSEA TRANSFER BUSINESS
Chelsea have already completed a £27 million deal to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, but are also understood to have been interested in recruiting the Real Madrid man - also valued at £40 million - who shone under Mourinho's tutelage during his time in charge in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had also been keeping tabs on Di Maria's situation as he weighed up an attempt to lure the South American to Anfield - the latest move to strengthen his Reds squad ahead of the Merseyside club's return to the Champions League next season.
All three English clubs could now be forced to turn their attention to different transfer targets as the respective futures of £80 million worth of combined talent now looks like being decided for them.
When Vidal spoke out last week and raised doubts about his future in Italy, Manchester United fans grew in confidence that the Juventus star could be on his way to the Premier League, but he now appears set for a switch to Spain with Chelsea and Liverpool target Di Maria heading in the opposite direction.
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