Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, and the reports have resurfaced over the past few days.
Earlier this week, reports emerged that the Chile international midfielder was involved in a problem at a bar during a night out.
The 27-year-old stayed out until almost 5.20am and was subsequently left on the substitutes’ bench for Juventus’s clash against AS Roma in Serie last weekend.
Since then, there have been reports that Vidal, who is rated at £50 million, could be sold by Juventus in the January transfer window.
United are still believed to be interested in one of the best all-round midfielders in the world, and it has been claimed that the Italian giants are ready to cash in on him because of his recent bad behaviour.
However, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri’s latest comments suggest that that may not be the case.
‘There is no split with Vidal’, Football Italia quotes the Italian tactician as saying. ‘The only reason he didn’t play against Roma was a technical decision.
‘He played many games, had knee problems and returned from international duty with thigh problems. I repeat, it was a technical decision made by me. I have nothing more to say’.
Allegri seems to play down the recent problems involving Vidal and, frankly, one has to question what all the fuss is about anyway.
Just because Vidal was involved in an unsavoury incident and was out late at night does not mean that Juventus will be ready to sell him. After all, he is arguably their best and most important player.
As for Vidal trying to force a move out of Turin, there are surely better ways to do that than go out and pick a fight at a bar.