Juventus and Arturo Vidal are ready to part ways in January after a fortnight to forget for the Chilean midfield maestro, significantly improving Manchester United's chances of finally signing a long-term transfer target when the January window finally opens.
That is an opinion of former Juve striker Nicola Amoruso, who thinks that the Bianconeri are ready to cash in their talisman while his market value remains sky-high.
Amoruso has come to that conclusion after a rare low-point in Vidal's time with the Old Lady, with the star snapped outside a Turin nightclub at 5.30am on a Friday morning, less than 48 hours before Juve's crunch clash with bitter Serie A rivals Roma.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri has done his best to downplay speculation that his decision to drop Vidal after he was handed a club-record €100,000 fine means he'll be moved on in January if the price is right, but one ex-Bianconeri star clearly disagrees with that public statement.
Time right for United to swoop?
In an interview cited by The Express with Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb the former Italian youth international insisted: "It seems to me that there will soon be a split [between Vidal and Juventus].
"He is a player of value, but he needs to go and compete in other leagues."
There's no question that Juve's position in regards to Vidal's future has now shifted at least slightly from last summer, where United had an enquiry knocked back for a proven world-class performer they still see as the answer to a problem of balance in central midfield.
Juve won't sell the 27-year-old on the cheap though, that's for sure.
How much will Vidal ultimately cost?
Vidal will reportedly be allowed to pursue a dream switch to United or Real Madrid if either club is prepared to stump up a lofty £48m, with Juve in a strong position because the former Bayer Leverkusen-midfielder is under contract until 2017.
There's also the matter of a salary demand, with Vidal surely expecting to get at least a small increase on his current €130,000-a-week wage packet if he does swap Serie A for the Premier League or La Liga.
The next two months promise to be very interesting in terms of whether Vidal does make a blockbuster move in January. Can he stay injury free and out of trouble to revive his fortunes at Juve, or has the pendulum swung too far in the opposite direction?
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