Serie A champions Juventus may rue not selling Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United this summer.
The Chilean, who has played a key role in the club’s recent spell of domestic domination under the stewardship of the now departed Antonio Conte, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford during the transfer window yet could now have missed out on any chance of a move with, Van Gaal lining up Roma’s Kevin Strootman for a January move instead.
The Dutchman reportedly harboured doubts over Vidal’s right knee, which saw him ruled out for his country last week and could now blight the remaining years of his career.
When fully fit the 27-year-old stands as one of the best midfielders on the planet.
Since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2011 he has fired the Old Lady to the Scudetto every single season, something he will be aiming to keep up under the stewardship of new man at the helm Massimiliano Allegri.
He has found the net 28 times whilst plying his trade in Turin, with his goal record one reason for Van Gaal’s lengthy pursuit of the player.
Earlier this summer he made a lasting impression during the World Cup in Brazil, helping Chile to two wins in four appearances, with the obvious highlight the 2-0 victory over Spain that signalled the end of their time as champions of the world.
The midfield maestro was left heartbroken when the hosts’ emerged victorious via penalties when the pair clashed in the round of 16, and was withdrawn in the 88th minute with the sides locked at 1-1.
Many believe had Vidal signed on at Old Trafford he could have become an instant Premier League success and cult hero for the fans.
Not since the days Roy Keane roamed the place has the red side of Manchester seen a snarling midfielder in a similar mould to the Chilean, capable of winning the ball and winning the fixture.
Despite shelving out big money on midfield talent such as Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria United have still failed to address what many see as their biggest problematic area.
Strootman could be set for a move in the New Year, despite Roma’s sporting director recently insisting he is not for sale. However the lure of linking up with his former Netherlands manager could be just the thing that swings the pendulum United’s way.
Vidal now faces the biggest season of his career and must prove any doubting his fitness wrong.
Knee injuries have riddled the careers of many players’ in the past, although the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer have shown they can be overcome with the right medical treatment.
If he is unable to continually perform to such a high standard other targets may have to be identified, although Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin has dashed any rumours of a move to Turin.
The sums of money United were prepared to part with could have seen the likes of Radamel Falcao, Alexis Sanchez and Xherdan Shaqiri come in, but if the Chilean begins to fade the Italian giants will just have to rue what might have been.