Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez has urged his club not to sell Arturo Vidal this summer, despite the fact that he’s been heavily tipped to move to Old Trafford.
The Argentinian, who left the Red Devils to join Manchester City in controversial circumstances in 2009, having enjoyed numerous successes under Sir Alex Ferguson, has openly championed the idea of Juventus keeping hold of Vidal this summer, and implored new boss Massimo Allegri to retain his services.
Vidal, who produced a series of eye-catching performances at this summer’s World Cup to add to his world-class reputation, is said to be wanted as Van Gaal looks to make United English football’s dominant force once more, and the transfer saga has now been running for a number of weeks.
What Tevez said
However whilst Juve chiefs may be inclined to sell Vidal given that he could raise around €50million, Tevez - as quoted by ESPN - believes that it’s the last thing they should be doing.
“Vidal's phenomenal and a real champion," the 30-year-old said.
"I hope he stays here because we can't afford to let our champions leave."
Despite Tevez’s opinion however it’s become common knowledge that Vidal could indeed leave, with the idea said to be one of the reasons why Antonio Conte decided to walk away from his post earlier this month. It’s said that Turin bosses may consent to a sale if €50million is placed on the table and, although United are thought to be wary of being held to ransom, Ed Woodward’s comments yesterday about their readiness to break records in the bid for success would infers that the club aren’t afraid to spend big.
The new United
Whereas Tevez may have been a star of the Ferguson United era, Vidal could very well become the leading light of the period Van Gaal is looking to usher in. The old guard of Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic has steadily disintegrated over the course of the summer, and the new manager is even said to be ready to enforce his coveted 3-4-3 formation on the current side.
The change in tactical approach is just one of the many things set to make next season’s United side virtually unrecognisable from the one which so dismally failed under David Moyes, and the idea of a fresh start may well appeal to Vidal given the changing circumstances at Juventus.
The 27-year-old has won virtually all their is to win in Italy, and may well have been put off by the lack of ambition shown by the Juventus hierarchy - another cited reason for Conte’s surprise departure.
Should he consent to an Old Trafford switch he would become a key member of Van Gaal’s side moving forward, with the Dutchman ready to partner him with Ander Herrera in the centre of midfield.