Juventus appear to be on something of a media offensive regarding midfielder Arturo Vidal, with manager Massimiliano Allegri the latest to speak out from the Turin club regarding the Chilean's future.
The rumour mill has been in overdrive in recent weeks, with Manchester United keen on adding him to their squad this summer. A wide array of reports have suggested that a bid has been lodged in the region of £48 million, while sources in Chile today suggest that the player has an agreement in place with the Red Devils.
However Juve's sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that Vidal wouldn't be sold unless the midfielder forced the move himself, and Allegri has echoed that sentiment.
"The ideal thing would be not only to keep hold of Vidal but to bring others in," the former AC Milan boss told reporters.
“We have never activated a clause to try to sell him and if he doesn't show an intention to leave, our position won't change.
"He is a player that I consider fundamental and he wants to stay here."
Interestingly both Marotta and Allegri offered a caveat while insisting that Vidal would be going nowhere. Both say that no deal will take place - unless Vidal signals his desire to head to Manchester United this summer.
That leaves the door open for the Chilean to make the move to Old Trafford, while enabling the Italian club to save face if he does leave. Manchester United fans will certainly hope that is the case having seen this particular transfer sage unfold over the past few months.
Vidal himself has previously hinted that he would be open to joining Manchester United, but as yet the deal seems no closer to happening.
Manchester United rebuild
If the Red Devils are unable to land the 27-year-old then it would represent a serious blow to Louis van Gaal's rebuilding project. The Dutchman took over at Old Trafford after the World Cup.
He's already secured the services of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw so far this summer, and is said to be targeting moves for the likes of Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen.
Away from the transfer market and Van Gaal has got his tenure in charge at Old Trafford off to a winning start, leading his new team to two wins from two. They take on Inter Milan tomorrow.
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