Chilean reports claim United table huge Vidal cash plus player offer

Arturo Vidal

Reports in Chile say Manchester United have bid for the Serie A star, but that it still won't convince Juventus to sell.

After months of apparent interest in South American star Arturo Vidal, newspaper reports in Chile are reporting the submission of a mega bid by Manchester United for the Juventus midfielder.

El Mercurio are running a story on the Premier League side's offer of £32 million and Mexican striker Javier Hernandez in exchange for the 27-year-old, with several other sources in Europe such as Sky Sports having picked up the story.

Juventus have all summer continuously denied that the player either wishes to leave or that he is available for transfer.

Though the Serie A giants have already done some business with United since last season ended, signing French defender Patrice Evra for around £1.6 million, it remains to be seen whether there is any truth in the transfer offer, or whether Juve will even entertain such a bid.

In the last few days, Juve general director Giuseppe Marotta told Gazzetta dello Sport: "All the requirements are there for Vidal not to leave before the end of the transfer market.

"The contract extension he signed has made more solid the marriage between Juve and Vidal.

"Vidal has always said he wanted to stay here and we are more than happy to keep him."

The inclusion of Hernandez in the deal is sure to make any offer more attractive to the Italian champions, who are eager to bring in attacking reinforcements since Alvaro Morata injured his knee in his first training session at the club. They have allegedly held an interest in Chicharito for much of the summer, and it will be interesting to see whether his presence in any discussions can sway things in United's favour. If there is, expect the £32 million fee to increase drastically if there is any hope of a deal.

Vidal scored 18 goals last season for Juventus, and has excelled in Turin since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.

The Chilean has fuelled rumours of a switch through a series of open comments to the media about his future, as well as his willingness to sign United shirts held out by fans on more than one occasion this summer.

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