Arturo Vidal "will certainly leave" Juventus according to Andrea D'Amico, the agent of Sebastian Giovinco, Vidal's teammate in Turin.
While D'Amico isn't responsible for Vidal's business—the Chilean midfielder is represented by Fernando Felicevich—this latest quote will provide Manchester United fans with hope a transfer can be pushed through.
D'Amico's comments were reported by Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, translated by David Amoyal. "Vidal and Pogba? One of the two will leave, I'll go a step further I'm convinced Vidal will certainly leave," said D'Amico.
Much like United's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas last summer, the closeness of Vidal's potential move is perhaps wrongfully reinforced via social media. The player's name has trended regularly throughout the summer with a number of rumours flying about, but the only way to judge this situation is by going on what officials from each side say.
Newly installed Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri recently addressed the player's future. He confirmed, "Vidal is fundamental for Juventus and not just in practical terms. He is very motivated and he is happy to stay," reported by the club's website and via FIFA.
Vidal himself retains a major respect for Juventus and his colleagues. He indicated a move won't go ahead during an interview with La Cuarta, via David Kent of the Daily Mail:
"Have I completed a cycle (at Juve)? I don't feel that way," he told the Italian newspaper. "Perhaps I will remain at Juventus all my life."
Football writer Tom McDermott offers his thoughts, before highlighting the unpredictability of such a rumour:
Louis van Gaal is currently assessing his squad before potentially adding to the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw. He is yet to address the Vidal situation—at least in public—but has outlined his interest in bringing additional defenders to Old Trafford.
United must deal with the exits of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra next season, a situation which forced Van Gaal into admitting "it is right that we are looking for defenders, because a lot of defenders have gone," per Sky Sports.
Although Herrera's arrival sharpens United's midfield up, the Red Devils are still lacking a physical destroyer through the centre. Vidal possesses all the attributes needed to dominate in the Premier League—he is energetic, powerful, mobile and regularly contributes in offensive areas—offering a suitability that perhaps galvanises speculation.
He isn't the defender United are looking for, but has the potential to excel in the heart of midfield. So much so, Chilean newspaper La Tecera believe United are keeping the No. 7 shirt vacant for him, reported via 101 Great Goals.
There's no doubt the vast majority of United fans are craving a "marquee" signing this summer. Like United's inability to sign Thiago Alcantara, Vidal's name is being latched onto without concrete confirmation the club is considering making the record bid that is being reported. Van Gaal can change this with a comment on the situation.
While United fans are set to continue experiencing a range of emotions through this toiling saga, it should be noted D'Amico's words leave Vidal's potential destination open.
Chilean newspaper El Mercurio previously indicated Real Madrid and Liverpool are also interested in the player, per talkSPORT. It would be uncanny of United to miss out, eventually seeing their alleged target head to another elite side.
Nevertheless, D'Amico's brief quote will stoke a fire that may prove to have never sparked in the first place. Vidal undoubtedly offers the type of world-class quality United need to regain Champions League football. His capture would act as a major statement of intent for any club, meaning he will remain a hotly contested subject throughout the summer transfer window.