Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal continues to be linked with a big summer exit, but fans of the Serie A champions are unlikely to approve any sale of the 26-year-old Chile ace. Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been reported to hold an interest in the combative midfielder by talkSPORT, but most recently, Spanish paper Marca claims Real Madrid have set their sights on him.
In one word, Vidal has been magnificent since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago. Coach Antonio Conte changed tactics when the Chilean landed in Turin, switching to a 3-5-2 formation to accommodate Vidal with Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo—a change that has worked.
So, the big question is why would you sell such an influential player as Vidal? The Chile ace has been central in shaping the Juventus dominance we have seen, and he is a key figure in the starting XI.
Vidal scored 10 goals in Juve’s title-winning campaign and added a plethora of assists to his game. He has passed Claudio Marchisio’s nine goals of last term, as well as the legendary Pavel Nedved’s tally of nine during the 2002/2003 season.
Despite being an all-rounder, Vidal is a match-winner; his importance is unquestionable, and he is Juve’s best midfielder simply based on the work he puts in. Perfectly tuned, Vidal creates harmony in the team with his sequential passing, box-to-box runs and possession-winning tackles making for classy play throughout this Bianconeri side.
On one hand, Juve would have plenty to gain from a bank-breaking transfer as Vidal will not be cheap for those keen on signing him, but they will also lose on the field. With him gone, who will pick up the pieces in crucial situations?
Doing away with Vidal would instantly see standards drop in midfield as the club, in all effects, will be selling their most prized asset, and a repeat of the Zinedine Zidane-to-Real Madrid sale of 2001 would be best avoided.
Juventus have the ideal squad right now, they are the best team in Italy and one of the fastest-developing teams in Europe, and Antonio Conte has everyone in their allotted place, playing football with ambition.
Perhaps a top-class forward is needed to complement the powerhouse midfield that is Vidal, Marchisio and Pirlo.
La Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Football Italia) report Juventus have reached a consensus for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. Wisely, they have reportedly struck a deal that would not include Vidal heading the other way.