Italian giants plot swoop for Vidic and Torres
Published 22:32 11/04/12 By Martin Lipton
Italian giants Juventus want to gear up for their return to the Champions League with a double summer swoop for Nemanja Vidic and Fernando Torres.
Juve are flying high in Serie A and poised for their first campaign in the European elite since 2009.
Coach Antonio Conte has been promised funds to strengthen his side by the club - owned by the Agnelli family, who run auto giants Fiat - and has identified the Premier League duo as his prime target in a potential £50million-plus package.
Vidic, out until next season as he recovers from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament, has long been subject of the attention of the Serie A big guns although it seems hard to believe Sir Alex Ferguson will let him go despite his Old Trafford contract being due to expire at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Chelsea's faith in Torres suggests the Spaniard is unlikely to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge although the Blues have been linked with Porto's Brazilian Hulk, Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and the Napoli pair of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.
Juve, set to unload Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Boriello, will look for signs that Torres might have fallen from grace but even then their likely £30m offer would be way short pf a potential Chelsea valuation.