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Arturo Vidal closer to United switch after Juventus coach resigns

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has resigned, paving the way for Arturo Vidal to join United.

Jeff Gross

Some stunning news has emerged out of Turin today, with Juventus coach Antonio Conte standing down after three highly successful years in charge of the bianconeri. How's that relevant to Manchester United? Well, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, it will pave the way for Juve's star midfielder Arturo Vidal to move to Old Trafford.

The deal appeared to have worryingly stalled this morning, with some sources reporting that worries over his injured knee were leading to hesitations in the United camp. Others were suggesting the Reds weren't interested at all, and instead were turning their attention to other targets.

However, Conte's departure seems to be the clearest indication yet that Vidal could be on his way out of Turin. Gazzetta are reporting that his resignation was because of "disagreements in the transfer market," and it's not hard to imagine those disagreements could be over Vidal's departure. The same paper reports that United have submitted a €44 million bid, which should be enough to land the Chilean international.

Watch this space.