New Arturo Vidal development will influence Manchester United transfer plans

Arturo Vidal

Juventus' qualification to the knockout phase of the Champions League makes luring Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford highly difficult in January for Manchester United.

Manchester United's chances of signing Arturo Vidal in January took a major blow on Tuesday night.

The Chilean helped Juventus to a crucial point against Atletico Madrid, allowing them to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

It was a necessary draw, as a win for Olympiakos against Malmo and a greater goal swing would have seen them eliminated.

Juventus have underachieved in Europe's top competition over the past two years, and last season fell at the group stages.

Doing so again could have caused the central midfielder to reconsider his future, and led to United focusing their efforts in his direction.

After a summer of speculation he last week insisted he was happy to have stayed at the club, but a catastrophic result in the Champions League would have caused all at the club to reconsider their direction.

Now Vidal has an opportunity to help Juventus move to the latter stages and try to win the competition, although qualifying second in their group, there is the possibility they are drawn with Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

These though are the sort of games players want to test themselves in, and while United were able to sign Angel di Maria from Madrid in the summer, doing so mid-season is another matter.

United will have to concentrate their efforts elsewhere with Juventus also even less likely to sell; failing to make the knockout round would have meant a loss of revenue and a big offer more tempting.

Louis van Gaal will have to hope Kevin Strootman's Roma have less luck against Manchester City on Wednesday evening.

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