Arturo Vidal, previously considered one of the most talented and highly valued midfielders of his era, seemingly hasn’t reached the lofty expectations that he set himself just a few seasons ago. While the former Bayer Leverkusen man will still likely raise a great deal of attention should he decide to move on from Serie A at the end of the season, the Chilean playmaker just hasn’t been the player many Juventus fans had been expecting to see in 2014/15.
Despite scoring six goals so far this campaign, a number which wouldn’t signal a major disaster by any means, there has apparently been a distinct downturn in the form and performances from this once priceless asset. Reports such as this one conducted by ESPN, outline how last weekend’s lack-lustre showing has not arrived as a mere one-off occurrence this season. It seems the player, who once looked unstoppable in the Italian top flight, has lost the confidence that has taken his game this far.
Whether or not these stories include any meaningful impact for the Chilean’s future performances this campaign, it seems at least at this current stage, Juventus will be willing to let their no. 23 finally depart Turin by the end of the season.
Manchester United therefore still remain reportedly interested in the Juve star, even if he no longer arrives as the club’s first choice transfer target. In light of such news, to what extent would the midfielder be missed at Juventus, and just how well would Arturo Vidal suit the Red Devils?
Despite his recent shortcomings, it remains pretty much unanimous within the European footballing community that Vidal would in-fact be hard to replace at his current club. The Old Lady may already have the likes of Paul Pogba on their books to command the creative midfield positions, but as the Frenchman in particular is never far away from one transfer story or another, perhaps holding onto the former Old Trafford man will be a task easier said than done.
In that sense Juventus would greatly miss Arturo Vidal’s presence in the heart of their team, but it wouldn’t just be for the fact that Allegri’s side would be down on numbers without the Chilean. The 27-year-old midfield enforcer can also be a fantastic player on his day, even if his most recent form doesn’t show it.
Vidal is a gifted dribbler who seemingly has the ability to let the ball stick to his feet. He possesses great skill in the middle of the park, can find players with pin-point accurate passing that would rival even that of teammate Andrea Pirlo, as well as being able to strike the ball with a force that is very rarely matched in today’s game. The South American star has a shooting technique that makes him a dangerous asset anywhere with the goal in his sights, and if he hadn’t been frustratingly injured for the majority of Chile’s summer World Cup campaign, more of Arturo Vidal’s skill-set would have likely been on offer for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United would therefore benefit from the Serie A star should he decide to make the switch to the Premier League. He may no longer command the hefty £45million price tag that Juventus once reportedly set upon him, but as the Red Devils were supposedly interested in signing the Chilean for close to that amount anyway, surely this move shouldn’t face too many complications if all parties are still in agreement.
Vidal would certainly suit the ‘Galacticos’ inspired spending habits carried out at Old Trafford over the summer, and alongside the likes of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Angel Di Maria, the current Juve star definitely wouldn’t be short of world class talent to work off of. He will nevertheless have to improve upon the confidence problems that have supposedly affected the 27-year-old throughout the course of this season however, if he is to truly make his mark with United.
Ultimately then, the Juventus midfield maestro remains a great talent with a great deal of potential still to come. A few problems here and there many need to be ironed out if the Chilean is looking to build upon his already impressive career, but as his potential arrival in the Premier League would get the fans of English football more than excited, expect Arturo Vidal to continue to make headlines, and to continue to impress his supporters in the long run.