Juventus eye Paulinho as Arturo Vidal replacement

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho is being pursued as a potential replacement for Arturo Vidal, should the Chilean leave Juventus for Manchester United.

According to The Telegraph Juventus are planning to make a £20 million bid for the Brazilian who joined the club for £17 million last summer.

Although, the chances are the Spurs's chairmen Daniel Levy, notorious for his hard bargaining, will hold out for at least £25 million before he even considers selling Paulinho.

The midfielder has previously claimed to be happy at the North London club, but the pull of Champions League and the chance to battle for for Juventus' fourth straight Serie A title may be enough to lure Paulinho away from Spurs.


The Brazilian joined Spurs last summer from Sao Paulo club Corinthians amid an influx of transfers to attempt to replace talisman Gareth Bale. Paulinho who turns 26 later this month, struggled to impress last season, like many of his team mates, but still managed to score six goals in 25 appearances.

Despite an average season Paulinho was still included in Brazil's World Cup Squad and made six appearances but failed to stand out in a disappointing Brazilian side.

Juventus will need to boost their midfield if they let Vidal go to the red half of Manchetser and Paulinho would effortlessly fit into their side with his ability to play either as a defensive midfielder or a box-to-box engine in the midfield.

Arturo Vidal

Manchester United have been strongly linked with the 27-year-old since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as manager and the Chilean's impressive World Cup would have only increased the Dutchmen's interest.

Vidal epitomises the ideal box-to-box midfielder with his crunching tackling, dynamic energy and consistent effectiveness in the final third and would be a perfect partner for United's new signing Ander Herrera in the centre of midfield.

Juventus signed Vidal from Bayern Leverkusen in 2011 for £12.5 million and has been a success ever since, he was a constant in Conte's midfield last season making 46 appearances and scoring 18 goals along the way.

Vidal is rated as one of the best midfielders in the world and it will take an offer of £35 million plus to prize him away from Juventus and the move may rely on Juventus securing a replacement before he is allowed to leave. 

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