Juventus director: There were Vidal and Pogba offers

Arturo Vidal Chile

Juventus director Beppe Marotta has claimed that the Italian champions rejected bids for Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba in the summer.

Juventus kept hold of star men Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba in the summer transfer window but it seems that they had to fight off some advances.

As last season ended, speculation began over the future of Chilean international Vidal and ex-Manchester United man Pogba, who were two of the stars of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Italian champions always insisted that they would keep hold of their assets, but reports suggested that they would struggle to resist the sums of money being discussed.

Manchester United were repeatedly linked with bids of between £40 million and £50 million for Vidal, who seemed to be tempted by the switch, but press reports after deadline day suggested that no concrete offer ever arrived.

However, Juventus director Beppe Marotta, who deals with the Old Lady's transfers, has indicated that there were bids for Vidal and Pogba but they weren't considered.

"Offers did arrive for both of them but we decided not to listen to them," he said on the Processo del Lunedi TV show on Rai Sport.

Another Juventus player who has been linked with the Premier League is Stephan Lichtsteiner, who was said to be a target for Chelsea back in June.

"We are talking with Lichtsteiner's agent (about a contract renewal) and we sincerely would like him to stay with us," Marotta commented.

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