Manchester United are willing to offer up Juan Mata as part of a swap deal for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in order to beat off competition from Real Madrid, according to reports.
The Red Devils have a long-standing interest in the Chilean and tried to get him over the summer, however they couldn't get the deal over the line - instead they splashed £150 million on six players over the summer but failed to properly fill their midfield void.
The deal fell through reportedly because of concerns over Vidal's history of knee problems and because his fee was too high - but that could all be about to change. Last weekend he was left out of Juventus' side to face Roma and fined €100,000 after he was involved in an altercation at a nightclub in the early hours of Friday morning. That has prompted Juventus to consider the possibility of selling the 27-year-old, and Manchester United could well pounce.
However there was a troubling development for the Old Trafford faithful over the weekend when it was claimed that Vidal's agent was holding talks with Real Madrid over a potential switch. That has prompted Manchester United to consider something previously thought impossible - offering up Juan Mata.
The Spaniard was briefly the most expensive player in Manchester United's illustrious history, but he appears to be on the periphery of Louis van Gaal's thoughts for this season. The Dutchman has an embarrassment of riches in attack after splashing the cash in the summer, and according to the Daily Star he may well offer up Mata for Vidal in order to redress that balance and beat Madrid to the punch.
Juventus are keen on a deal for Mata and will either accept the offer from Manchester United or sell up to Real Madrid - who want Vidal as their number one priority in January - in order to fund a deal for the former Chelsea ace.
The move for Vidal was made all the more likely when Roma chief James Pallotta insisted that Kevin Strootman, another midfield target for Manchester United, would not be leaving the Serie A club for any price. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have told Van Gaal that money is no object as he looks to guide his side to Champions League qualification this season.
Manchester United will be back in action against West Brom this weekend when the Premier League gets back underway after the international break.