Madrid launched a massive £36million bid for the Juventus midfielder last night and are now heavy favourites to snap up the Chilean who has impressed in Serie A over the past two seasons.
United are desperate to add reinforcements to their midfielder after missing out on Barcelona youngster Thiago who appears to be close to joining Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
United are not willing to match the ambitious big money offer made by Real Madrid and so may once again have to look elsewhere after suffering transfer disappointment.
The likes of Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa and Anderson have failed to stake their claim to partner Michael Carrick in the middle of the park for United which is the key area to strengthen now Paul Scholes has retired.
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