Juventus chief Beppe Marotta has handed Arturo Vidal a club-record €100,000 fine after getting involved in a brawl outside a Turin nightclub at 5.20am on Friday morning.
Vidal's decision to enjoy a late night on the town less than 72 hours before Juve's pivotal clash with bitter Serie A rivals Roma will have wider ramifications though, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Marotta has now decided he's willing to listen to offers for the €45m-rated star.
Bianconeri coach Massimilano Allegri feels betrayed by Vidal's behaviour, which means if Man United or Real Madrid can look past new disciplinary problems their chances of signing a proven world-class midfielder in January have improved considerably.
Vidal took punches to the back in ugly brawl
Allegri's decision to bench Vidal for Sunday's epic 3-2 win over Roma was a huge surprise at the time, but details have since emerged which make that decision look perfectly understandable.
Vidal is reported by La Stampa to have taken punches to the back after a fight broke out in the street in a row involving a women, an unsavoury end to an unsanctioned late night which saw the Chilean club hop around Turin with two cousins.
Juve have decided they had no choice but to punish those actions severely and only gave Vidal a measly 10-minute cameo in one of their most important games of the season, hinting that they are now definitely prepared to consider life without the clinical attacking midfielder.
Perez sticks the boot in
This is far from the first time that Vidal's off-field antics have grabbed the media spotlight. Juve dropped Vidal for a crucial clash with Fiorentina last season after he arrived back late from international duty without explanation.
Chile have also suspended their talisman in the past for drunken antics, a move which led Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to claim that a long-term Los Blancos target is "not an example to follow" and end interest in a summer swoop as a result.
It now remains to be seen if Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal chooses to use this latest misdemeanour to his advantage in the January transfer window, but Gazetta sure that Juve have reached the end of the line and will 'divorce' from the South American star by next summer at the very latest.
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