Marotta: Juventus rejected bids for Pogba & Vidal

The Frenchman has long been tracked by Paris Saint-Germain, while Manchester United were reported to have made a concerted effort to sign the Chilean midfielder

Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has revealed that the club turned down bids from “top European clubs” for both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal during the summer.

Paris Saint-Germain reportedly keen on signing France starlet Pogba and Manchester United said to have made Chile ace Vidal one of their primary transfer targets.

Marotta has refused to disclose the identities of the interested parties but he did confirm that official approaches were made for the midfield duo.

“Yes, absolutely, some offers arrived, from abroad, from top European clubs,” he told Processo del Lunedi. “But we decided not to indulge them.

“We were in a position not to accept and we did with great awareness of the fact that we are talking about two very important components of our squad.”

Meanwhile, Marotta announced that Juve are optimistic about their chances of reaching agreement with wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner over a contract extension.

“We are negotiating and working with his representatives,” the 57-year-old explained.

“We’re very happy with how he’s done, so if there are the right conditions [for a new deal], we want him to continue with us.”

Lichtsteiner, who joined the Bianconeri from Lazio in 2011, will be out of contract on June 30 of next year.

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