Manchester United are reportedly eyeing up a double swoop for Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Angelo Ogbonna, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Old Trafford club were repeatedly linked with a move for Chilean international Vidal during the summer months, but the club never put together the right financial package to ensnare one of the Old Lady of Turin’s prized assets.
Dutch manager Louis van Gaal was reportedly concerned about Vidal’s knee, which meant that the club were not willing to lay out the significant fee demanded by the Serie A side.
However, Vidal is now back in action for Juve, and Van Gaal is therefore willing to return with another bid for the player in January.
The Manchester club are apparently not only keen on Vidal, however, with the side hoping to bolster their defensive ranks by adding Ogbonna too.
Reports in Europe suggest the duo could be snapped up for a combined fee of £52 million, with Vidal set to cost £40 million and Ogbonna set to cost £12 million.
Arsenal are reportedly in the race for the signature of Angelo Ogbonna after Juventus decided they were seeking a quick sale, which has also piqued the interests of La Liga winners Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, as reported by the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old central defender moved to the Old Lady of Turin last summer but only made 16 appearances in the league as they captured the Scudetto for the third season in a row. Juventus signed the 6 foot 3 inch defender from their cross-city rivals Torino.
Reports in Italy suggest that new manager Massimiliano Allegri is hoping to move Ogbonna on quickly to fund transfers, with the hope of building towards a Champions League adventure and winning Serie A for the fourth year in a row.
Prior to Ogbonna joining Juventus last summer, Arsenal were interested in signing him, and could reaffirm their interest now that his price has taken a £500k hit. He moved to Juventus for £10 million but the Turin club are now willing to see him depart for a cut-price £9.5 million.
Wenger is hoping to boost his central defensive ranks after Thomas Vermaelen was repeatedly linked with a move away from the club, with Manchester United and Barcelona two possible destinations.
Ogbonna has received nine international caps for Italy.