Breaking: Juventus hit as manager Conte resigns - boost for United in Vidal chase?

Juventus fans

In a shock news story developing this evening, Juventus boss Antonio Conte has left the club.

The Turin giants have put the 2006 Calciopoli scandal behind them in recent years, winning three consecutive Serie A title to become the clear dominant force in Italian football, losing just seven games in those three seasons combined. Whilst success in Europe has eluded the Old Lady, Juventus are a team on the up - or at least they were under Conte's leadership.

The likes of Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba have become household names under the 44-year-old, who has had a long association with Juventus dating back to his playing career, where he spent almost 13 years with Juventus before his retirement in 2004.

Spells as a manager Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena followed, and he impressed enough to be handed the reins as Juve boss in 2011, replacing Luigi Delneri - and since then, Juventus have been simply unstoppable, winni ng the Serie A title in every season under him.

Yet there have been murmurings of discontent for some time. Conte wanted the club to become more successful in the Champions League, and whilst he brought in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente last summer to boost their attack, Juventus crashed out in the group stage, causing Conte to demand further strengthening.

That appeared to be granted this summer, with Manchester United left back Patrice Evra, Verona winger Juan Iturbe and Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata all believed to be on the verge of joining the Turin giants. Yet, according to press releases tonight, Conte has left over a disagreement with the club's transfer policy.

That could be referring to the future of Chilean midfielder Vidal, who has been linked with a £34m move to Manchester United for some time now. The former Bayer Leverkusen man is the key to the Juve midfield, and the fallout could well be an indication that Juve were willing to sell Vidal to the Red Devils this summer.

What does the future hold for Conte? Well, there just happens to be an opening with the Italian national team after Cesare Prandelli resigned to take over at Galatasaray. The expectation is that Conte will take that job given that there are no big club roles available at this point in the summer - and that could pave the way for ex-Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini to take over at Juventus.

All that is sure at this point is that Conte's departure is a huge blow to Juventus, and his decision has sent shockwaves through Italian football. For Conte to leave a club that is so close to his heart, there must be something serious brewing.

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