Another day and another mention of Arturo Vidal in the press. Juventus chief executive officer Guiseppe Marotta has spoken about the Chilean’s knee injury, confirming that he is now ready ahead of the new season, is that why he has made the announcement though? On United In Press on MUTV last night, freelance journalist Andy Mitten spoke about the fact that there was a lot of noise about this saga and that Manchester United had said they were not interested in the midfielder, but Mitten confirmed that he had spoken to people in Turin, who are people that he trusts and they say different. Of course United are not going to declare interest in a player as that will no doubt increase the fee, the club only confirm anything about a deal when it has been agreed, like the one on Tuesday evening after they agree a fee and conditions on the Marcos Rojo deal, which incidentally was completed this evening.
Vidal is a player that would give Manchester United that luxury in midfield, in fact him signing would give the club the best midfield since Roy Keane left the club nearly 10 years ago. He would be that much of a luxury, and a much-needed signing, which is one of the main reasons I feel the club will not even attempt to lure the player to Old Trafford this summer. I have learned over every transfer window that the players that the supporters want, are not necessarily the players that the club will sign. Vidal underwent knee surgery at the beginning of May and he was ready to feature for Chile in the FIFA World Cup this summer, something that I feel was premature as he was not at full fitness, but if it was not the World Cup, he would not have played for Chile this summer, meaning he would have had much more time to recover. Marotta spoke earlier today, which was reported by the Mirror, saying:
“Vidal is fine. He resumed working and the knee is fully functional. He’s at the disposal of the team.”
I suppose this confirms that the player has made a full recovery, when he returned to training after taking some much-needed time off after the World Cup, he did undertake a full medical, which would have uncovered any underlying factors of whether or not his knee would fully heal. I guess with Marotta confirming that the player is fine, it means the club are not worrying about anything, meaning they expect him to be just fine. Vidal was absent from today’s Juventus A Team versus B Team match, but it us understood that he will play for his side Saturday in the TIM Cup when that face AC Milan and Sassuolo in the final pre-season matches before the Serie A starts again on the 30th August.
Marotta also spoke about the speculation linking the Chilean with Manchester United this summer. Sky Sports reported him as saying:
“The negotiation has mostly been fuelled by the media. There has been talk of Manchester United and Bayern Munich interested in him but the facts are different.
“He never asked to leave because he had recently extended his contract with us and there were no bids. There are all the conditions why Arturo stays here.”
This comment seems to say what the club have been saying all summer, Vidal is not for sale. It is understood that the Italian giants would be keen on disposing one of Vidal or Paul Pogba and the Mirror did report that they are looking into a new contract for the former Manchester United midfielder. Vidal himself has been given plenty of opportunities to end the constant speculation of his future, but he has never said anything that will end it. He either likes the constant speculation in the world’s media, or there is something in this. Personally I believe there is no smoke without fire, and this is something that has continued to proliferate throughout the summer. Only the closure of the transfer window on Monday 1st September will end the rumours, but much alike the saga of Wesley Sneijder, they will probably return again in time for the winter transfer window which opens in January.
Do I think this move will happen? No. Would I like the club to surprise me and bring in Vidal, or even another midfielder that would strengthen the squad? Of course I would. I do trust Andy Mitten and he has been told by his sources in Turin that Vidal would leave Juventus and the club would sell him, so who knows what is going on. In the hands of David Gill, I would actually give the deal a chance at being completed, but with Ed Woodward in charge, that s the main factor that leads me to believe we will still be left waiting for a top midfielder to join the club in a fortnight…