Manchester United are set for squad overhaul in the summer in order to reinforce themselves and challenge for top honours next season.
New manager Louis van Gaal is reported to be on the lookout for a midfield-enforcer and Juventus star Arturo Vidal is one of the names said to be on his list.
The Chile international is a world-class player and has been one of the key factors behind the Turin club’s resurgence in the last three years.
United want a player of his quality and are reportedly keen on the 27-year-old, who is valued at €60 million (£48m). But should Vidal swap the Juventus Stadium for Old Trafford?
Below are three reasons why Vidal should not leave Juventus for United this summer.
No Champions League
This has been an oft-repeated reason why big-name players may not join United this summer, but this could be true for some. Playing for United may be ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for a footballer, but so is featuring in the Champions League.
If one is at a club which is already playing in Europe, then why would one move to a team which is not in Europe? True, United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, but if Vidal continues to play as he is now, then the Red Devils would return next summer.
This might be a cliché, but Vidal is not getting any younger. He is 27 at the moment and on May 22 next year, he will be 28. Even if United do qualify for the Champions League for the 2015-16 season, he will be 29 by the time they finish that campaign. Vidal may still remain as brilliant as he is now, but one can rest assured that by then the Red Devils will be looking to replace him in the team, even if it gradually.
There is no guarantee that United would win the Champions League in two years’ time, which means that Vidal would have wasted two of his best years in trying to push a club towards the top of Europe. At Juventus, he is already at the top of Serie A and there is every reason to believe that Juve can launch an assault on the Champions League in the coming years.
For the past three years, Juventus have dominated Italy and one their ever-present players has been Vidal. Having joined the Bianconeri from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2011, the Chilean has gone from strength to strength.
Juve coach Antonio Conte considers him one of his key players – he is one the first names on the teamsheet. Juventus are building a new dynasty in Italy and creating history, and Vidal could miss out on that if he leaves now.