Three teams who could prize Arturo Vidal away from Juventus
Juventus’ relentless pursuit of domination in Italian football looks set to end in their 31st title in the club’s illustrious history. The Bianconeri have simply swept everyone aside in ruthless fashion, with the recent 2-0 victory against closest challengers Lazio ending any notion of a late title race. Massimo Allegri’s side have the strength and quality at both ends of the pitch to comfortably see through their fifteen point lead at the summit, with Serie A leading scorer Carlos Tevez instrumental in their efforts to make it four titles in a row. Another player who has played a major role in Juventus’ season is Arturo Vidal, with the 27-year-old showing why he is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe through a number of high quality performances. His excellent penalty ensured that Juventus took a one-goal lead with them to Monaco in their Champions League Quarter Final tie, and while they are fancied with Betway Sports at 9/10 to win the upcoming Derby della Mole against Turin neighbours Torino, it remains to be seen where Vidal’s future lies. Although the Bianconeri would loathe losing one of their prized assets, a number of clubs may be set to test their resolve during the summer and take Vidal away from Serie A.
Few would be surprised if Manchester United made another attempt to bring Vidal to the English Premier League, with Louis van Gaal believed to be a big fan of the Chilean midfielder. His creative and goal-scoring abilities would fit in perfectly at a club where goals from midfield have dried up over the years, and with Manchester United set to spend big during the summer, Vidal could be one of many new acquisitions at Old Trafford. Juventus have admitted that they turned down a substantial bid from Manchester United last summer, but a similar sized bid may be enough to convince Chairman Andrea Agnelli to sanction the deal.
The defending Champions League holders were also strongly linked with a move for Vidal’s services last summer, and although a bid never materialised, Carlo Ancelotti could look to the Chilean to inject more quality into his enviable array of superstars. Their interest may ultimately depend on whether Ancelotti keeps his job, with Real Madrid suffering a dip in form that might result in the FIFA Club World Cup being the only trophy they collect this season. Vidal would undoubtedly be attracted by the proposition of playing for a club of Real Madrid’s stature, but as they already have the likes of Isco, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric who play in the same position, it seems unlikely that Los Blancos could offer the Chilean regular first-team football which a player of his quality deserves.
Failure to adequately replace Luis Suarez and make the most of the transfer fee received for the Uruguayan striker has resulted in Liverpool failing to reproduce the outstanding football that brought them agonisingly close to lifting the English Premier League title last season. Brendan Rodgers may only get one shot at redemption during a summer which may see a number of changes at Liverpool, with their need for a top quality midfielder heightened by the departure of club legend Steven Gerrard who is set to move to the MLS and join former Inter Milan striker Robbie Keane at LA Galaxy. Vidal would certainly fit the bill and become the midfield lynchpin at Anfield, but it remains to be seen how bold Liverpool are in their efforts to attract top quality players that could make them strong contenders in domestic and European competitions.