Arturo Vidal’s future is in his own hands as Manchester United look to make the Chilean star their third signing of the Van Gaal revolution.
Juventus have previously responded to the speculation linking their star midfielder with a move to Old Trafford by stating that they would only consider selling if the player himself requested a transfer.
And while currently holidaying after his World Cup exploits, Vidal has stated that he will postpone any decision until returning to Turin. But if the player had absolutely no interest in joining United, then he could just as easily have denied the speculation.
This may offer United supporter’s some hope. They have longed for a combative midfield general ever since Roy Keane. And while a fit Darren Fletcher offers some steel in midfield. After his recent illness, it’s still not clear how much impact he can exert over the course of a season.
Vidal’s arrival would also take the pressure off Ander Herrara, so far United’s only midfield acquisition this summer. So the deal makes sense from United’s perspective, but in Italy the picture is a lot more complicated.
Antonio Conte controversially resigned last month, apparently due to boardroom politics. In the meantime he has been replaced by Massimiliano Allegri, but Juventus may be reluctant to draw supporter’s ire once again this summer by selling the popular Vidal.
There has also uncertainty at Juventus around the future of Vidal’s fellow midfielder, Paul Pogba. The club will be even more reluctant to part with the Frenchman, but if Pogba was to be sold then United’s Vidal move would certainly be out of the question.
However, unlike the drawn out and eventual fruitless pursuit of Cesc Fabregas last summer, this time Ed Woodward has to act fast or someone else will. Florentino Perez will soon return from Monaco with the services of James Rodriguez secured for the Champions League holders.
He may then look to Turin and Vidal, especially with Sami Khedira and others expected to leave Madrid. And unlike Woodward, Perez always gets his man.
Alan Casey, Pundit Arena.