Manchester United transfer target Vidal 'not on the market' says Juventus CEO

Arturo Vidal is not for sale - but if he wants to leave Juventus may not stand in his way.

Hope is growing at Manchester United that they might just be able to pry Chilean superstar Arturo Vidal away from Serie A giants Juventus this summer.

Earlier today it was reported that Vidal wants the move - as he no longer sees the Italian league as a big enough challenge, and is ready to forego Champions League football in order to tie up a dream move to Old Trafford.

United would reportedly have to smash their club record transfer fee to bring him in, something Ed Woodward said the club are still prepared to do for new boss Louis van Gaal. As Vidal is valued at £47 million it would represent a massive backing from the club.

Today saw his close friend and fellow Chilean Mauricio Isla on the verge of joining QPR - another hint that he may decide to jump ship.

Juventus unveiled a player who may end up being his replacement earlier. Romulo has arrived from Verona on a season long loan spell - with an option to buy.

And at the unveiling the club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta spoke plainly of the Vidal situation:

“We have already said Vidal is not on the market, but what the player wants is decisive. Vidal has never said he wants to leave and Juventus would only sell him if he wanted to leave. Obviously there are also some timing issues to fulfil such a request, but there’s absolutely no reason to even be discussing this now.”

This reiterated his stance that until informed otherwise by the player - which he clearly has not - Vidal is going nowhere this summer.

United fans can take the silver lining that is he could leave if he demands a transfer but Juventus will not make it easy for them.

This story could rumble on till the very end of the window.

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