Serie A giants Juventus may wish to finally sell Arturo Vidal to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United after the Chilean’s indifferent start to life under new manager Massimiliano Allegri, according to The Express.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, before the Dutchman pulled the plug amid concerns over the player’s knee injury.
And after suffering a recurrence of the injury last month and being pictured out on the town just before the 3-2 victory over Roma on Sunday, the bulldozer is now thought to no longer be indispensable over in Turin.
If Allegri does finally admit defeat and sell Vidal to United he would be losing one of the best central midfielders on the planet.
The Chilean has played a vital part in Juventus’ recent spell of domestic dominance, helping to deliver three consecutive league titles under former manager Antonio Conte, who resigned from his post in the summer.
Such impressive displays have propelled him to superstardom, with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich another interested party before they eventually settled for Spanish star Xabi Alonso instead.
Vidal’s tenacious and terrific style of play were also evident throughout the World Cup in Brazil, with the Juventus star featuring in three of his side’s four fixtures before they were dumped out by the hosts’ in the round of 16.
Before the season started United’s chances of landing their main transfer target appeared remote, but early talk in Turin is that if they continued to pursue him in the New Year they could see their fortune improve.
Van Gaal is keen to bolster his midfield ranks despite swooping for Ander Herrera and Daley Blind in the summer, with Roma’s Kevin Strootman another possible target if Vidal cannot be snared.
The Old Lady may also be braced for an approach by club chief executive Ed Woodward for defender Angelo Ogbonna, having failed to bring duo Mats Hummels and Mehdi Benatia to the Theatre of Dreams.
Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie are yet to truly click as an attacking unit, but Vidal’s arrival would offer them a platform upon which they could build.
Allegri may have been impressed with his side’s performances without their main man, but would still be unlikely to sanction any deal on the cheap.
Vidal would cost United in the region of £40 million, and could be easier to sign that Strootman with Roma maintaining a tough stance over the Dutchman.
The player himself may wish to postpone a decision over his future until next year, with Champions League football a priority given his age.
The summer’s most engrossing saga threatens to continue. United will be hoping it finally gets a happy ending.