Real Madrid have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to sign Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, according to the Metro.

The Spanish giants are reported to have opened discussions with the duo over the possibility of a summer move to the Bernabeu.

The news follows reports that Bayern Munich are plotting another raid on Borussia Dortmund, this time for United target Ilkay Gundogan.

Therefore Moyes may be forced into decisive action sooner than expected if he is to complete the signings of his top targets this summer.

United remain desperate to strengthen their midfield, having missed out on Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara and Ander Herrera last summer, and it seems European giants are ready to pip them to the post once again by preparing deals before the end of the season.

According to Sky Italia, talks between Juve and the Real took place as the Old Lady’s general manager Beppe Marotta visited the Bernabeu for the friendly between Spain and Italy this week.

‘Today I did visit Real Madrid,’ Moratta told Sky Italia. ‘But even if I had spoken about Pogba and Vidal I wouldn’t tell you.’

An early move from Madrid would be considered a huge blow for Moyes, who is planning as many as eight summer signings at United.

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