Report: Juventus must sell Manchester United linked Vidal to sign star

Juventus can only sign Ezequiel Lavezzi if they cash in on Arturo Vidal, claims a new report.

Juventus have missed out on talented attackers Alexis Sanchez and Juan Iturbe this summer, and have set their sights on a new target.

The Turin giants want to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi from PSG, but look like being hamstrung by the same problem.

A lack of financial firepower is likely to restrict them from snapping up the former Napoli star, who is valued highly.

Italian website TuttoJuve report that the only way the transfer will be on, is if Juventus cash in on Arturo Vidal.

The paper insist that if they do net get a haul of at least €45 million for Vidal, they will have to re-focus their attention to 22-year-old Sampdoria prospect Manolo Gabbiadini.

It may go some way to explaining why general manager Giuseppe Marotta has continued to leave the door open for Vidal to leave, insisting they want to keep him, providing he wants to stay.

If they were dead set on keeping him, they would use language more definitive and explain he is staying regardless.

Vidal is now on pre-season tour with Juventus, and there have been conflicting reports as to whether United have actually submitted an offer, with a lack of action on the front suggesting they have not.

What is clear is that selling Vidal would open up a new door for Juventus in terms of finances. They have already missed out on two top targets, and may be keen not to do so with a third in Lavezzi.

With midfielder Romulo signed from Verona as a potential replacement, any finances from the sale can go directly into the areas of the team they want to strengthen, rather than trying to stand still in midfield.


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