Juventus have insisted on more than one occasion that Arturo Vidal will not leave this summer. In fact, the Chile international midfielder has been included in the Turin giants’ squad for their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
However, speculation persists that Manchester United remain determined to sign the 27-year-old box-to-box midfielder, who himself has been coy on where he will play next season.
The arrival of the former Bayer Leverkusen star at Old Trafford will certainly make Louis van Gaal’s side a much better team, but at the same time Juventus know that replacing the midfielder will be tremendously tough, perhaps even impossible this summer.
Which begs the question why Real Madrid are not keen on signing Vidal.
One could point out that Carlo Ancelotti’s side do not need another midfielder; in fact, they may have to sell one or two to recover some of the money they have spent on Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer.
Madrid are already a great team without Vidal, with Kroos, Sami Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Luka Modric making their midfield one of the strongest in Europe.
However, already possessing an array of top-quality stars has not stopped Madrid from making moves for big names in previous years, so why are they not interested in Vidal, who will make them a near unstoppable side?
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rodriguez will form a formidable attacking foursome, and with Vidal to drive them forward from midfield and protect the defence at the same time, Los Blancos would have a starting line-up with the potential to win each and every game.
Perhaps Madrid do not have the money to sign Vidal, who could cost over £50 million. Or maybe having done a deal with Juventus over the sale of striker Alvaro Morata, the Spanish giants have been intimated that the Chilean is not for sale at any price.
Or perhaps Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez believe that there is no place in the team for Vidal and are focused on signing Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco instead.
Which is not illogical at all – after all, Madrid have just one recognised centre-forward in the team (Benzema) and Falcao is a world-class striker when not injured.
Another reason for Madrid seemingly not having any interest in Vidal could be his age. At 27, the former Colo-Colo midfielder is at his peak and is not a ‘long-term investment’ that Bale, Rodriguez, Isco and Kroos are.
But should Madrid still make a late move for Vidal, who is a world-class midfielder and will enrich any team he joins?
Answers on a postcard, please.