Arturo Vidal will not be leaving Juventus this summer unless he personally indicates a desire to do so, it seems.
Manchester United continue to be heavily linked with a move for the Chilean international midfielder, yet his current employers have appeared extremely and understandably reluctant to part with one of their most-prized assets throughout the whole saga.
And according to recent Sky Italia quotes from Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta cited by The Manchester Evening News, Juventus' hardline stance on Vidal's potential transfer to Old Trafford will not alter unless the player showcases a plan or indeed a willingness to depart Turin.
"We have clear ideas. We renewed [Vidal's] contract a few months ago just because we knew we could count on an important element," he said.
"We don't want to sell Vidal, there are only rumors because he is a player among the best in the world. We never activated a clause to try to sell him - if he doesn't show an intention to leave, our position won't change."
Vidal's somewhat tame and standard responses to questions over his future have given little indication as to whether the 27-year-old already had or plans to demonstrate a desire to move on, but one must imagine it would be a difficult decision to leave a club who are currently so dominant in their domestic league.
£47 million-rated Vidal - who joined Juventus from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen back in 2011 - has won three consecutive Serie A titles with the Old Lady, although the recent resignation of Antonio Conte could certainly hold some sway over his decision.
United need Vidal
Manchester United - who are due to face Inter Milan tonight at FedEx Field in the penultimate friendly of their annual US tour - are badly in need of a player of Vidal's ability to marshall Louis van Gaal's midfield.
With Michael Carrick having been ruled out of action for up to three months following surgery to repair an injured ankle and the likes of Tom Cleverley attracting persistent criticism for a lack of impact under the tutelage of David Moyes last season, Vidal's combination of power and finesse in possession would instantly secure him a starting berth for the 20-time English champions as they seek to return to the top four.
Only time will tell if speculation that Manchester United have come to a verbal agreement over personal terms with Vidal is indeed accurate or if it is simply just another piece of unfounded speculation concerning the former Colo-Colo man.
If it is true, then it would suggest that Vidal may have indicated that willingness to seek pastures new that could force Juventus' hand and leave them with no choice but to sell.