Italians fear Arturo Vidal will still force Manchester United transfer

Arturo Vidal

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta may have tried to placate fans regarding Manchester United's pursuit of Arturo Vidal but the media in the country are sceptical.

Juventus fans were hit by unexpected news yesterday after Antonio Conte resigned as manager after three title winning seasons.

It was promptly followed by suggestions this was in connection with a rumoured Manchester United approach for Arturo Vidal.

The club's general manager Beppe Marotta addressed speculation at a news conference, intimating that for now Vidal is not going anywhere - namely because there is no bid to speak of from United to discuss.

"A lot of clubs have asked for him but we have never sat down to negotiate. We want to keep him."

It would have been highly surprising had an under-pressure Marotta have said anything different yesterday, and until United make a blockbuster offer, the situation will not change.

The press in Italy however, fear it could. 

Alarmed by Vidal's non-committal comments earlier in the week, Tuttosport write that the player himself has the power to force a transfer to the Red Devils, a matter which should concern Juventus supporters.

"As anticipated, the intention is not to give in to outside pressure, but it is clear that the will of the player - also in relation to the technical revolution in progress - can not be ignored."

The paper describe the situation as 'intricate', and it is Vidal's will which will make or break it, with his agent said to be keen on a deal.

A comparison could be made with Toni Kroos, who Bayern Munich staunchly declared was not for sale earlier this year, whose transfer to Real Madrid is imminent.

The contract situations are different, with Vidal's running until 2017, but the player power factor is a big one, and should the Chilean's head already be turned, the Red Devils' hopes may yet have a chance.

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