Speculation has followed Arturo Vidal wherever he’s gone for some time now - and he is particularly linked with Manchester United.
The Red Devils were reportedly set to make a move for the £40 million valued star over the summer and remain in the market for a midfielder of his calibre.
Whilst a move away from Turin never materialised for the Chile international, his season thus far with the Old Lady has been fraught with controversy.
Reports in Italy earlier this month claimed that he was fined €100,000 for his involvement in a late-night brawl before Juventus’ crucial clash with Roma.
Meanwhile, the Bianconeri were said to be fuming with Vidal having played 180 minutes on international duty despite knee problems, and he was dropped last weekend for the match against Sassuolo.
Vidal, however, sought to clear the air in a statement earlier this week. He said his relationship with Juventus remains rock solid and that the media had concocted the idea of a rift with his employers.
But former Juventus striker Nicola Amoruso has said that he believes the two parties could soon part ways.
Amoruso told Tutto Mercato Web: “It seems to me that there could soon be a separation [between Juventus and Vidal].
“He is a player of worth, but he probably needs to go in order to compete elsewhere.”
It’s been suggested that Juventus could look to cash in on Vidal before it’s too late, especially given the strain between the two of late.
This would possibly put Manchester United in an opportunistic position, should the Bianconeri indeed make the decision to move on without the Chilean.
However, it still remains unlikely that Juventus would sell in January. Whether tension between Vidal and the club is real or not, he is an integral part of the squad.
Not to mention, Juventus have not once sold a star player in their recent run of three straight Serie A titles and don’t look like reversing the trend now.
If Vidal is to go, the most probable scenario is that it would be next summer, when money from his sale could be reinvested in reinforcements in a measured manner.
The split Amoruso speaks of may occur at some point, but not as quickly as has been posited by some.
Juventus will need to think long and hard before parting ways with a key piece and fan favourite, whilst as long as Vidal says he remains committed to the club, there’s no reason to believe he’s eyeing up an exit at the first opportunity.
For the time being he seems content to battle on with the team he made his name with, and when and if the time comes that sentiments change, both Vidal and Juventus will in all likelihood act accordingly to move forward on different planes.