Juventus manager Max Allegri has moved to allay fears that Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, the club’s coveted midfield pairing, could leave the Italian champions before the transfer deadline at the start of next month.
Manchester United interest
Vidal and Pogba have established themselves among the elite midfielders in world football during their time spent together at Juventus, and have both subsequently been linked with transfers away from the Turin club.
The Chile international in particular has seen his future become the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks, and Manchester United have been credited with a desire to bring Vidal to Old Trafford as the marquee acquisition of Louis van Gaal’s maiden transfer window.
There have been conflicting reports about Manchester United’s supposed pursuit of Vidal, some say it is on while others claim it is off, with the Chilean press in particular pushing the prospect of the 27-year-old completing a massive move.
Vidal content...for now
As of yet there is no confirmation that Manchester United have indeed made an approach for Vidal, who is valued in excess of £40 million, and he has reported for pre-season duty as normal, joining his teammates for a tour of south east Asia.
Conjecture about his future would appear to be posing little concern for Vidal, with Allegri claiming the former Bayer Leverkusen player and his midfield companion are more than happy to continue with the Bianconeri.
"Vidal and Pogba are delighted to be here and I am delighted to coach them," Allegri told reporters.
Pogba too has been mentioned as a potential target for his former club, and there were suggestions towards the end of David Moyes’ failed reign that Manchester United had put feelers out about a potential deal.
They were, however, informed it would take a bid of £60 million for Juventus to even entertain the prospect of their prized asset. Pogba has also been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid, which is the norm with players of his ability.
The 21-year-old has flourished since his move to Juventus, impressing with his combative style, ball carrying skills and reputation for the spectacular, and it is little wonder he is attracting such interest from the game’s elite.
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A new role?
There may well be more reason to pursue Pogba once the season begins, with new Juventus boss Allegri hoping to get more from the player in the attacking third by playing in a more advanced position.
"I will try to use Pogba more in attack," Allegri explained.
"He is one of the best young players in the world, with enormous technical and physical qualities.
“Having said that, there is also still plenty of room for improvement."