Juventus are not ready to sell Arturo Vidal to Manchester United ahead of the looming transfer deadline, according to reports from Tuttosport.

With Angel di Maria now a Red Devil after completing his British record £59.7m move to Old Trafford yesterday, rumours have suggested that Louis van Gaal has called for efforts to snap up the 27-year-old Chilean to be intensified.

However, Juve are not prepared to do business so close to the end of the transfer window.

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The Old Lady have maintained that their box-to-box star would not be leaving all summer, and the player himself has been reluctant to speak out in fear of damaging his relationship with the Turin giants’ fans.

Reports from his homeland have indicated that contract with United has been all but agreed, yet negotiations have been slow.

Juventus are understood to see bids of in excess of £40m as tricky to refuse, but LVG’s men are unlikely to go to such a sum given Vidal’s knee injury.

Former Manchester City hardman Nigel de Jong is seen as a viable alternative, with the Dutchman a player Van Gaal knows well from his time in charge of the Holland national team.


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