Grazie ragazzi per tutto il vostro sostegno! Manca poco per tornare in campo!!! pic.twitter.com/CkBboFlzyc— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) August 5, 2014
The transfer rumour mill is crazy enough without the added excitement that a perfectly harmless social media post can cause.
With the arrival of Twitter and Instagram, news travels faster than ever and footballers can confirm or deny anything with a few clicks on a keypad. However, there is also scope to manipulate those platforms, which allegedly happened on Tuesday when an Instagram acccount pertaining to be that of Arturo Vidal posted a message that suggested he would not be leaving this summer.
Before Manchester United fans got too upset, Italian newspaper Tuttosport claimed the account was a fake, and that Vidal's only official social media outlet was his Twitter account.
Only the reported United target then took to said Twitter account to post a message that was well and truly from the Chilean international. And it did not read well for United fans.
"Thanks guys for all your support. I'll return to the field shortly," the message read, alongside a photograph of Vidal soaking up the adulation of his Juventus fans.
While it was just another photograph and comment to go with all the others, the fact that Vidal hinted he would soon be back on the very pitch his fans are used to seeing him star on could well mean United will not get their man after all.
Or of course Vidal could have been speaking literally, with Juventus taking to the field on Wednesday for a friendly match against Indonesia.
Then again, perhaps United were never really interested and Louis van Gaal had his eyes on Kevin Strootman all along...