Speaking ahead of his team’s Serie A opener against Chievo, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has responded to the latest rumors surrounding Chilean midfielder, Arturo Vidal.
“He’s [Vidal] a fundamental player for Juve and he will stay with us,” Allegri said to the assembled media at his pre-match press conference.
“He feels good and is training. His knee must be managed and he will start as a regular.”
The player also took to his official Twitter account earlier today to pledge his support to The Old Lady of Italian football.
The Chile international tweeted: “Ready to start the Championship! We are 100% Juventus!!!!”
Manchester United had reportedly been preparing a monetary bid, as well as player swap, in an attempt to pry Vidal away from the Italian champions in recent days.
Late last night, there were reports circulating around the media speculating Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was in the process of finalizing a switch to the Italian club. The press believed the Mexican striker could be used as part of a deal which would have seen Vidal come the other way to Old Trafford. But it appears that Juventus have stuck to their word and have not entertained any offers which would have seen the Chile international leave Turin.
Today’s news will come as a disappointment to a section of United supporters, as well as manager Louis van Gaal.
Following last week’s draw against Sunderland, the Dutch boss confessed that he was a “fan” of Vidal’s and had monitored his progress during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Speculation is United will now continue with their efforts to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and/or Daley Blind of AFC Ajax.
Another name that has surfaced over the course of the summer has been that of Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado. The player’s agent had been pushing the midfielder as a possible replacement for Vidal at Juventus, if the player had decided to leave Turin.
Following Allegri and Vidal’s statements earlier today, United may turn their attention to the 26-year-old Colombia international. But once again, the Premier League club would have to negotiate with an Italian side that is reluctant to let its star player leave.
Fiorentina have reportedly slapped a £32 million price tag on the attacking midfielder.