Real Madrid have joined Liverpool in the race to sign highly-rated Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal from Champions League finalists Juventus, according to reports.
The rumours has been taken from popular Spanish newspaper Marca, who say that soon-to-be Real manager Rafael Benitez has made the Juventus star one of his primary targets for his sides up-coming La Liga and Champions League campaigns.
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If that is to be the case it seems likely that players of Vidal’s quality will be required at the Santiago Bernabeu if Madrid are put last season's woes behind them and continue a trend of success made possible by their Champions League achievement in 2014.
Real have been left desperately short in midfield this season, relying on the dubious services of usual centre-back Sergio Ramos to act as an anchor in the latter stages of the campaign, most notably in their Champions League semi-final loss against Juventus.
Having lost Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich last summer, and with the likes of Isco and Asier Illarramendi struggling to nail down regular places in the side, the door is very much open for Vidal to make a name for himself in the Spanish capital.
Marca believe that the deal will go through, despite the fact that Vidal has been consistently linked with Manchester United and Chelsea in the past few seasons.
The only question over the midfielder is his fitness, as issues with his knee have to date proved too much of a stumbling block with regards to his other suitors Premier League sides to take a risk on the Chilean midfielder.
If Benitez does plump for Vidal he is likely to just be the first large expenditure in a considerable war-chest of transfer spending this summer.
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