The news of Vidic's Old Trafford exit was a huge blow for fans, despite claims from David Moyes that it was a 'mutual decision'. The void will be a incredibly large one to fill and could be very costly for the United investors.
Fortunately for United fans, the news probably couldn't have come at a better time as rumours of a potential £150m warchest grows more legs. Therefore, allowing Moyes to effectively play fantasy football with European centre-backs when the transfer market re-opens in the summer.
A number of potential targets have already been reported as possible replacements for the influential skipper, including the likes of Mehdi Benatia and Ezequiel Garay. However, should United go after the man that was touted to replace Nemanja Vidic in their side during the summer window in 2010?
It was a long time ago, but nevertheless, Sir Alex Ferguson was rumoured to be interested in [at the time] £25m-rated Giorgio Chiellini due to growing fears that Vidic was going to leave during that summer window. In the end neither player moved on and Vidic added to his legacy in Manchester by adding two more Premier League title's to his name.
The legacy of Chiellini in Italy was also raised with his stay at Juventus. Since his rumoured move to Old Trafford he has won a number of major trophies in his home country, including the Serie A title on two occasions.
Behind only long-serving legend Gianluigi Buffon for the captaincy at the Turin based club, he clearly possesses a certain level of authority and organisation skills which is a necessity in replacing Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford.
The obvious question is would Chiellini leave Italy's most dominant side, especially as they're chasing a third consecutive league title and a full nine points clear of second placed Roma in the standings and look like they could have the same success next season, when trying for a fourth.
But there aren't many players in the world that wouldn't be tempted by the prospect of playing in front of 75,000 week in, week out. Especially when in comparison Juventus averaged just 38,703 last season. Chiellini has the talent, and natural characteristics to make him an almost like-for-like replacement for Vidic.
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