Juventus may be one of the biggest clubs in the world, but there are doubts on the futures of two of their best players: Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba.
While Chile international Vidal is reported to be on the radar of Manchester United, French youngster Pogba has been linked with Chelsea among other European heavyweights.
Although the Italian champions have insisted time and time again that neither of the midfielders will be sold this summer, speculation will continue until the end of the transfer window.
Former Italy international and Juventus legend Giuseppe Furino is of the same opinion, claiming that the Bianconeri are not a selling club.
‘Frankly, I refuse to think of a Juventus who will sell their players’, he told Tuttomercatoweb.com.
‘The goal of a great club is to sign high-level players, not sell them. Anything can happen in the market, but I still do not think that they will not sell either of the players in question (Vidal and Pogba)’.
However, when pressed on who he would sell if he has to, the 68-year-old former defensive midfielder said: ‘But if I had to choose, I would opt for the departure of Pogba, but only because more money can be gained’.
The reasoning of Furino, who won Serie A eight times and the UEFA Cup once during his 15-career spell at Juventus, is not hard to understand.
Pogba is just 21 years of age and has yet to tap into his full potential. Although in the past two years at the Juventus Stadium the former Manchester United youngster has established himself as arguably the best young midfielder on the planet, he can certainly improve and enhance his game.
Which is why selling Pogba will make Juventus more money than it would by selling Vidal. His age means that clubs would be prepared to pay more. On the other hand, 27-year-old Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world, but he is at his peak and will be so for at most the next three years.
However, if reports are to be believed, then Juventus could make as much as €50 million in transfer fee if they are ready to sell Vidal. United are keen on signing the former Bayer Leverkusen, while Chelsea’s interest in Pogba is not that concrete.
But as Furino says, Juventus buy top-class players, not sell them, and they could well retain the services both of their star midfielders for the 2014-15 campaign.