Manchester United are set to launch a stunning £52 million bid for Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Angelo Ogbonna when the transfer window re-opens in January.
This is according to the Express, who cite reports on the continent as claiming that United boss Louis van Gaal wants both players to come to Old Trafford in order to shore up his central defence and central midfield.
Vidal would cost £40m
Chile international Vidal, who would cost in the region of £40 million, was strongly linked with a move to the Red Devils throughout the summer months.
However, despite reports that a deal was close - it was even claimed that the tenacious holding midfielder had undergone preliminary medical checks with the 20-time English champions - a transfer failed to materialise.
Instead, United spent £14 million on Netherlands international Daley Blind to play in a three-man midfield alongside fellow summer signings Angel di Maria and Ander Herrera.
While Blind has enjoyed a decent start to his United career, few would argue against the opinion that Vidal is the more complete central midfielder.
The South American is widely considered the best all-action midfielder in world football - and his arrival would be welcomed with open arms by the Red Devils' faithful, who pleaded with the club to sign the player during the summer months.
Arsenal keen on Ogbonna
No other clubs have a serious interest in Vidal - who underwent surgery on a potentially serious knee injury prior to the World Cup finals in Brazil - but United would face stiff competition for centre-back Ogbonna from Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Italy international Ogbonna has featured in all five of Juventus's Serie A matches this season - and the Old Lady have kept clean sheets in every game.
Valued at £12 million, Ogbonna is an attractive option for Van Gaal, whose defence have already shipped in nine Premier League goals this season, plus four more in their humiliating Capital One Cup second round defeat to League One outfit MK Dons.
Van Gaal's concerns about current defenders
The United boss reportedly has concerns over the long-term fitness of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans - all of whom missed Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Ham, along with the suspended Tyler Blackett.
Summer signing Marcos Rojo subsequently partnered Northern Ireland Under-21 international Paddy McNair, who was handed his senior debut, and 10-man United clung on - somehow - to secure their second Premier League victory of a topsy-turvy start to the 2014/15 campaign.
Vidal and Ogbonna would certainly add some much-needed steal to United's spine, and a bid in excess of £50 million may tempt Juventus to reluctantly consider the offer.
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