Arturo Vidal has been the subject of plenty of transfer gossip and speculation, but Juventus should do whatever they can to make sure the midfielder remains in the squad.
As Bleacher Report UK notes, Manchester United have been the main club linked with Vidal over the past few weeks in papers like the Mirror:
Vidal is not for sale. He is one of the most important players in the squad. He is happy to be here. Many things have been written. We’ve never put him up for sale. Important clubs have asked after him, but we have never sat down to talk. The player decides and yesterday Vidal showed that he is happy to continue with us.
Although Vidal's statements were not as cut and dry, he seemed to show no indication he was trying to force his way out, via Ed Maylon of the Mirror:
I’ve heard of interest from Real [Madrid], from [Manchester] United, but that’s for someone else to worry about. It’s difficult to talk about another team when you already play for a big one. I have run out champions three times here, I have respect for my teammates.
Perhaps I will stay the rest of my life at Juventus. When I arrive in Italy, I’ll talk with the coach and we’ll see what happens.
Keeping him on board remains the right move for the squad, no matter what other changes are going on with the team. Sure, Massimiliano Allegri was forced to take over the manager position after Antonio Conte resigned, but this is still a team that won Serie A three years in a row.
No matter who is in charge, the club as currently assembled have the ability to not only win another title but be serious contenders for Champions League.
On the other hand, this could change if Paul Pogba is transferred to one of the many interested clubs. In that case, Vidal will be needed to keep the team together and be a leader in the middle of the pitch. Andrea Pirlo will not be around forever, and Vidal will soon be the one everyone looks toward in the locker room.
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe points out what type of impact Vidal can make:
In my opinion, Arturo Vidal is the best CM in the world. If #MUFC sign him, it's time to get very, very scared.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) July 15, 2014
It would be a mistake for Juve to allow a player of this ability to get away from them. No matter what happens with the rest of the roster, Vidal alone could help the club win a lot of matches and likely challenge for a league title.
The Chile international showed his ability during the World Cup as a box-to-box midfielder who makes a big difference on both offense and defense. Selling Vidal to anyone would be a major setback for Juventus, one that they might not be able to recover from.
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