Real Madrid tried to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus during the last transfer window, according to The Old Lady’s general manager, Beppe Marotta.
But Marotta says that the Spanish club’s enquiry after Chilean international midfielder Vidal was dismissed with nary a thought.
If Madrid were to lure Vidal away from Turin, Marotta added, they would have to pay as much as they did to land Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur.
"If Bale is worth €100 million, then the same goes for Vidal," Marotta told Mediaset.
"Real Madrid expressed an interest this year, but selling him is out of the question so the interest ended there."
Vidal’s star has been on the rise for the past few seasons, thanks to his energetic box-to-box contributions to Juve’s defence of their Serie A title.
And his value to the club skyrocketed last week, when he popped up to score a dramatic equaliser in Juve’s nail-biting draw against their biggest rivals, Inter Milan.
Meanwhile, another star on the rise at Juve is former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba.
And the young Frenchman, so coveted across Europe now, is set to be rewarded for his blossoming talent with a new deal at Juventus.
"We can say the same about Pogba (as Vidal)," Marotta said.
"He’s a solid element of the team and we’ve turned down all the offers we’ve received for him. He’s exploded in an almost unexpected way, so compliments to the lad but also to [coach Antonio] Conte who has managed to get the best out of him.
"If he confirms his status at the highest of levels, as we obviously hope he will, then this should be recognised with an increased salary."