Wednesday, 20th July, 2011

Reports from Italy suggest Juventus are concerned that Chelsea could have made a late entry into the race for Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Vidal is ready to leave his current club Bayer Leverkusen to take a step up and Bayern Munich, bossed by last season’s Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes are desperate to tempt the former Colo Colo star to the Allianz Arena.

However, Leverkusen do not want to sell Vidal to a domestic rival and this has placed Juventus ahead of Bayern in the queue for the Chile international.

And the Bianconeri have been confident of snapping up the 24-year-old, but it is the potential arrival of Chelsea on the scene which has worried the Turin giants.

Blues’ boss Andre Villas-Boas has been hopeful that Chelsea could persuade Tottenham Hotspur to allow Luka Modric to make the move across London to Stamford Bridge, but Spurs’ stance on the Croatian midfielder has hardened.

Vidal then is an alternative to Modric and an affordable one for Villas-Boas.

For Leverkusen too, selling the player they brought to the Bundesliga in 2007, outside Germany would be an acceptable solution.

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