Manchester United will need to pay £48 million to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal when the transfer window re-opens in January.
This is according to the Express, who understand that Juve are ready to take advantage of the two-horse race between Manchester United and Real Madrid by demanding the highest possible price for the in-demand Chile international.
Juventus prepared to sell Vidal
The Serie A champions are now prepared to cash-in on Vidal after the central midfielder was involved in a nightclub brawl before the club's crunch clash against AS Roma earlier this month. Juventus went on to win the match 3-2, but Vidal only played the final 11 minutes.
Massimiliano Allegri, the Juventus manager, defended his decision to drop the Chilean for the match against Roma - insisting that he opted for Claudio Marchisio for tactical reasons. However, he went on to admit that Vidal had been a 'stupid boy' who 'needs to understand' what he cannot do.
"Every now and then boys do stupid things. They need to understand what they cannot afford to do, especially nowadays with cell phones and photographers everywhere." - Allegri, talking about Vidal.
Juventus want Khedira
Juventus have identified Real Madrid's holding midfielder Sami Khedira as a potential replacement for Vidal. The Germany international, who lifted the World Cup in Brazil this summer, could be the subject of a big-money swap deal involving the South American midfielder if the Italian giants get their way.
Should the deal happen, then several top Premier League clubs would be left empty-handed as a result. While Manchester United are reportedly keen to strike a deal for Vidal - who currently earns £130,000-a-week in Turin - in the New Year, both Arsenal and Chelsea are determined to sign 27-year-old Khedira.
Vidal 'destabilised' by speculation
United boss Louis van Gaal was understood to be reluctant to push ahead with a move for Vidal in the summer out of fear that he would suffer a recurrence of his knee injury. He underwent surgery before the World Cup in a bid to get him fit for the showpiece international tournament, but sports psychologists in his native Chile are concerned that he has been "destabilised" by recent events.
They believe that Vidal is suffering from the physical and emotional strain of rushing to be fit for the World Cup finals, when he patently wasn't fit enough to compete, combined with his collapsed move to Old Trafford.
All eyes will be on Vidal this weekend as Juventus take on Sassuolo at the Stadio Città del Tricolore on Saturday evening. Juve fans - and those of United and Real Madrid - will wait to see whether or not Allegri brings his star man back into the starting line-up.
If he leaves him out again, then speculation linking him with a move away from Turin will only intensify.
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