Arturo Vidal In, Felipe Melo Out: Juventus Heading in the Right Direction

Adrian AgiusAnalyst IJuly 22, 2011

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - MARCH 06:  Arturo Vidal(R) of Leverkusen competes with Vincent Kompany of Hamburg during the UEFA  League Round of 16, first leg match between Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV at the bayArena on March 6, 2008 in Leverkusen, Germany.  (Photo by Patrik Stollarz/Getty Images)
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Generally, Juventus will know if they have made a good signing if they keep former managing director Luciano Moggi happy. It would seem that the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Leverkusen has done just that, with the disgraced director publicly announcing his praise for the Juventus men behind the move.

Meanwhile Brazilian hard man, and Juventus "flop"—as some may say—Felipe Melo has completed a loan deal to Galatasaray.

After signing Andrea Pirlo, Juventus have gone on to bolster their squad ahead of 2011-12. Vidal has shown on a number of occasions his class and, more importantly, consistency. The Chilean made 117 appearances for Leverkusen, scoring 15 goals in the process.

In the past few days, interviews with Vidal have highlighted his desire to link up with the Old Lady.

"I am happy, this is a big and important step in my career. I take a lot of experience with me from Germany and I know that I can achieve a lot with Juventus," he said.

Vidal will partner Pirlo in the center of midfield in a new look Juve side. All in all the deal will cost Juventus €10.5 million with that money filtering right through to his first club Colo Colo as well as giving Leverkusen some extra spending money in the market.

Meanwhile, Felipe Melo has left Turin after just two years with the Bianconeri. Signs of his departure were made apparent when he did not leave with Juventus on their USA tour.

A couple of days later, Melo was quoted as saying, "I’ve received an offer from Europe that will vastly improve my salary. We’re finalising the details and over the next few days everything out to be completed."

The move comes after yet another lacklustre performance by Melo in the black and white stripes. Although 2010-11 was vastly better than 2009-10 for Melo, his performance did not warrant his €25 million. The loan will not bring in that much extra money to Turin with the loan believed to be worth €1.5 million with the option to buy out at €13 million.

Vidal will almost certainly slot right into Melo's role at Juventus. Andrea Pirlo's inspirational play teamed up with Vidal's flair will mean that Juventus—along with Krasic and Marchisio—will have one of the best midfields in all of Italy.

Vidal will link up with Juventus upon their arrival from the United States.



Adrian is the editor at Play the Advantage Football.