Liverpool are planning to rival Manchester United for the signing of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to reports in the player’s native Chile.
United are widely reported to have bid for Vidal, but the latest suggestions are that Liverpool will also lodge an offer.
Real Madrid were previously thought to be United’s main competition for the 27-year-old, but apparently don’t have the funds after signing Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.
Now Liverpool are ready to swoop to offer Vidal the option of Champions League football away from Juve next season.
They are set to bid £42.5m, claims newspaper El Mercurio.
Losing out to Liverpool for one of their top summer transfer target would be a major blow for United, although the sudden interest from Anfield appears to have come out of the left-field somewhat.
But the Chilean reports indicate that the player is open to the idea of a move to the Reds.