Juventus chief Beppe Marotta has revealed that he thinks Arturo Vidal was a little lucky to get away without tougher sanctions following his well-publicised late-night antics in Turin last week, while also insisting the Old Lady work harder to 'control' their mischievous Chilean superstar.
Vidal was slapped with a club-maximum €100,000 fine after being snapped leaving a Turin nightclub at 5.20am last Friday morning, less than 72 hours before Juve's crunch Serie A clash with bitter Scudetto rivals Roma.
Juve coach Massimilano Allegri dropped Vidal for his breach of conduct, a move which has only heightened speculation that the Bianconeri are willing to negotiate with Manchester United if they table a formal offer for the €45m-rated midfield maestro in January.
Vidal could be for sale in January
Marotta has done little to dampen that speculation with his latest fairly scathing comments, telling Processo del Lunedi in an interview relayed by Goal.com that he wants Vidal scrutinised far more scrupulously from now on.
He said: "Vidal is the classic South American player. The South Americans are a little like this, they live in their own way. They have a particular way of enjoying and amusing themselves.
"We must keep him in check and control him. The €100,000 fine? Maybe it's even too little."
Crown prince of Turin in trouble
Over the last two years Vidal has been the darling of Turin and become arguably European football's most consistent box-to-box midfielder in the process, but that position now looks under more threat than ever before.
While Vidal has struggled to find full fitness in the early part of the season Juve have marched to six successive victories in Serie A, with Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Roberto Pereyra helping to compensate for that absence with minimum fuss.
Allegri must now be seriously considering whether to cash in on the 27-year-old before its too late, particularly if United are still serious about adding a world-class central midfielder to their star-studded squad.
It's no secret that the Red Devils were desperate to sign Vidal after his impressive World Cup campaign, but they refused to match Juve's valuation for a player with a history of knee problems.
Expect negotiations to be more serious when the transfer window reopens though, particularly if Vidal fails to repair the damage of his latest off-field misdemeanour with Juve supremo Marotta over the next two months.