Juventus will no doubt mourn the loss of Arturo Vidal if the Chilean leaves Turin for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, but will become a stronger unit if they capture Javier Hernandez and Nani in return.
Massimo Allegri has already raided the Red Devils for France full-back Patrice Evra, but could be set to inherit two more players surplus to requirements as Van Gaal sets about making his mark on the club.
Vidal has played a huge part in the Old Lady’s recent spell of domestic domination, but receiving a hefty transfer fee and two experienced footballers would represent a shrewd piece of transfer business for the Serie A champions.
The Chilean midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, and recent comments by Hernandez’s agent have hinted that the summer saga could soon be drawing to a close.
Ed Woodward failed David Moyes in the transfer market last summer, only managing to bring in Marouane Fellaini from Everton on transfer deadline day, and needs a marquee signing to exert his authority and emerge from the shadow of former Chief Executive David Gill.
Vidal has emerged as one of the best midfielders on the planet in recent years, and has also been linked with a move to Bayern Munich as they set about replacing the departed Toni Kroos.
However the Theatre of Dreams is said to be his favoured destination, with the club in need of a midfielder that offers the goals and guts of the Chilean despite United’s absence from the Champions League this season.
Pairing him with Ander Herrera, who has shown pre-season promise having been snared from Athletic Bilbao, could be a recipe for success as they set about wrestling the Premier League title back from fierce rivals Manchester City.
Hernandez and Nani may have both contributed to United’s success over the years, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s golden boys are set to leave this summer.
The Mexican forward has grown tired at being behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck in the pecking order, whilst the impressive form of youngster James Wilson means few tears are likely to be shed over his departure.
Nani only signed a five-year contract under Moyes last summer, but injuries and inconsistencies ultimately rendered the Scot’s decision as another horrendous error of judgement during his turbulently brief reign.
Hernandez’s arrival would mean yet another attacking weapon for Allegri, and could utilise him alongside Carlos Tevez and fellow summer signing Alvaro Morata to form the league’s deadliest strikeforce.
Nani could also offer a potent attacking threat, and would be a respectable acquisition having missed out on chief target Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal. When fit and firing, he stands as one of the deadliest players in world football.
Losing such an inspirational figure will be devastating for Juventus but should lead to them having a better all-round squad.
Paul Pogba can fill the void left by Vidal, whilst Hernandez and Nani have shown at Old Trafford that when on form they can make an impact in even the biggest of games.