Manchester United have offered Arturo Vidal a whopping €200,000-a-week to swap Juventus for Old Trafford.
That is according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who today reported that the Chilean superstar Fernando Felicevich has received the lucrative terms directly from Red Devils chiefs as they bid to close a blockbuster deal that been become the summer's most consistently mentioned transfer saga.
Big money on the table
Gazzetta's believe Vidal could end up just shy of €13m a year richer if he finally leaves Juventus for United, a story talkSPORT have also shared this afternoon, as Ed Woodward continues to chase exactly the kind of roving midfield superstar that Old Trafford fans have been desperately crying out for.
Liverpool also continue to be linked with the 27-year-old but this transfer battle now looks United's to lose, but Juventus have proved stubborn negotiators and it will surely take at least £40m to persuade the Serie A champions they should cash on a prized asset before the transfer window slams shut.
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Juve did their level best to end speculation over Vidal's future earlier this week by insisting that he won't be sold, but try telling that to just about every-well placed source as United continue to court perhaps the world's top box-to-box midfield maestro.
Vidal scored a quite magnificent 18 goals from midfield last season and as a result is one of world football's hottest properties, with no chance of United closing this deal without paying a premium as a result.
The Old Lady are acutely aware that both Vidal and his midfield colleague Paul Pogba may never command higher transfer fees though, which means one may depart this summer and allow Juve to invest long-term across all areas of the team.
One month left
Red Devils fans have probably grown weary of waiting to see progress in the chase for quality new signings, but there's just over one month left before those rumours will finally take a backseat.
That looming deadline increases the pressure on Woodward to deliver the players Van Gaal wants, with Vidal and Thomas Vermaelen at the top of a small transfer shortlist of new blood United definitely need heading into a new era at the Theatre of Dreams.