Manchester United are on a list of clubs scheduled to hold talks with Arturo Vidal's agent over the next 72 hours, as the Chilean star's representative Fernando Felicevich bids to establish if the Juventus midfielder is able to secure a lucrative summer switch once the World Cup concludes.
Felicevich represents both Vidal and his Chile team-mate Alexis Sanchez, which judging from transfer gossip columns in recent weeks means he will be an extremely busy man over the next month.
United are one club with particular reason to track down Felicevich while Chile are preparing for Saturday's crunch last showdown with Brazil, a meeting Tuttosport believe will take place before the week is out as the Red Devils bid to press ahead with big-money moves for world-class players ahead of Louis van Gaal's arrival at Old Trafford.
The Waiting Game
United fans are no doubt frustrated with repeated attempts to sign top stars being either knocked back or delayed as they bid desperately to build a fresh, exciting squad for next season, but Vidal is definitely worth the trouble.
The 27-year-old is among the most talented midfielders on the planet and has a goal record the majority of strikers plying their trade in Europe's top leagues would be proud of, scoring 18 in all competitions last season as Juve stormed to their third successive Serie A title.
Vidal is a wanted man and Real Madrid are very keen to add the box-to-box predator to their ranks, but Juve are not prepared to sell arguably their most important talisman and have set an asking price of €45m before even contemplating life without the star.
Exchange on the table
United have attempted to leverage their way to the top of the negotiating table by adding Portuguese winger Nani to tentative early negotiations, but talks are still at a very early stage and in Felicevich they will find a fierce negotiator to match Juve's stubborn stance.
Juve have been accustomed to interest in their top players over the last 18 months, with Paul Pogba in particular courted by just about every club harbouring genuine ambition of winning the Champions League, but the time may be right to cash in on Vidal.
Deal or no deal?
The Bianconeri hold all the cards in any summer negotiations and have Vidal under contract until 2017, which puts United and Madrid in a very difficult negotiating position despite making a move to speak to Felicevich this weekend.
Juve are acutely aware that Vidal is at the very peak of his powers though and now have a tough choice to make, do they cash-in for maximum profit to reinvest for a Champions League push, or hang to a top star in search of continued domestic dominance?
Whatever the decision United are poised to pounce and have scheduled a meeting accordingly, with Louis van Gaal a huge admirer of the playmaker and interested in the deal despite pressing ahead with a deal for Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera.
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