Do Manchester United realistically have a chance of signing Vidal?
Vidal was first linked with the Red Devils in the summer of 2012 when then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly inquired about the availability of the box-to-box midfielder.
Since then, the “Vidal-to-United” rumors have never ceased, despite the player himself rejecting a potential move to Old Trafford several times.
After a disastrous season, which included their worst-ever Premier League finish, United are fancying targets they won’t get. The report by Daily Star is nothing more than a usual back-page gossip.
Currently Vidal is contracted the Serie A champions and recently signed a new deal which will keep him in Turin until the summer of 2018.
"I'm happy with the year I had. The Champions League exit was a hard blow, tough to digest, but all in all I think it was the best year of my career as a footballer,” he told Las Ultimas Noticias after singing the deal.
Vidal further added: “In Italy we are very happy. I feel at home & it's a source of joy & pride to wear the shirt of Juventus. I signed the new contract because my idea is to keep growing with this team & continuing to fulfill my dreams.”
Even though United’s financial powers exceed that of Juventus, Vidal is earning close to £200,000 a week, so it is unlikely that the Red Devils will be able to offer a better deal to the 27-year-old. Moreover, money is not a concern for Vidal. He is loving his life in Juventus and has described joining the club as the “best thing” that has ever happened to him.
Vidal's family has also settled very well in Italy.
"My family is very comfortable in Turin. My son is going to kindergarten & already speaks Italian, which simplifies a lot of things. We move easily around the city & obviously my decision to sign the new deal was also motivated by family reasons”.
Shifting to a new country in this case will not be a wise decision. Vidal himself could face problems in England as he will have to learn a new language, something he described as his “biggest challenge” in Germany.
Moreover, on-field, Vidal might not flourish in Louis van Gaal's set-up. He has become accustomed to Antonio Conte’s tactics and a reason for his success over the past couple of years, as admitted by the player himself, is his teammates.
“I’ve also got very good team-mates who help me play well in my role,” Vidal said.
He has “credited his maturity and development to Andrea Pirlo and Gianlugi Buffon” and hence it is unlikely he will want to leave his colleagues.
Even the bookies don’t fancy Vidal joining United. If he is to leave Italy, the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid will come calling and the Spanish giants offer better on-field prospects than United.
Vidal and his family are happy at Juventus. The year 2013 was the “best of his career”, he is winning trophies and has a bumper deal with his employers. He wants to win the Champions League now and United can't offer him that luxury.
Conte has confirmed that the Chile international will stay with Juventus for another season and United will do well be looking at other players. They need to realize they are not among the best clubs in the world anymore and attracting world class players will be very difficult now.