Friday April 19 2013
Should Juventus sell Vidal?

After Juventus took Arturo Vidal off the transfer market, Antonio Labbate takes a closer look at the club’s sales policy under the rule of Beppe Marotta.

“Arturo Vidal was a smart choice by the club, while the Coach has made the most of him. It is clear that some of the biggest teams in the world are looking at him and we are not hiding that fact. But our desire is to keep him because Juventus have never been a selling club, we are an outfit that wants to continue growing to target more important trophies. And Vidal is an indispensable figure.”

Juventus director general Beppe Marotta thus made it clear that their midfielder – after links with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich – would remain in Turin this summer. He sounded pretty categorical, but then again, what else was he going to say?

There is no doubt that Juventus want to keep their Chilean ball-winner. He’s become a vital cog in Antonio Conte’s Bianconero machine. After all, had he not been signed for what has turned out to be a bargain €10.5m in 2011, then we may never have seen the 4-3-3 and then 3-5-2 from a Coach who was initially viewed as a strict 4-4-2/4-2-4 aficionado. Vidal has been a key acquisition.

Yet it is easy to say in April that Vidal won’t leave, it may be somewhat harder if an interested club puts €20m, €25m, €30m, whatever amount on the table for him in the summer. There will undoubtedly be a figure where a desire to keep will be turned into a temptation to sell. Every player, or virtually every player, has his price.

Selling Vidal should be an option that Juve consider, but not for at least another season. Putting the clear footballing reasons to one side, you have to ponder the financial aspects. Vidal, at the age of 25, is still not at the peak of his game. As such, his market value has yet to reach its summit. Keep him in Turin for another campaign or two and watch his price tag increase. If you are going to cash in on an asset then that is the time to do it.

Marotta’s argument that Juventus are not a selling club doesn’t strictly ring true. They haven’t been under his directorship, but this is an outfit who often cashed in on high profile stars during the self sufficient days of Luciano Moggi, Antonio Giraudo and Roberto Bettega. They sold the likes of Roberto Baggio, Christian Vieri, Zinedine Zidane and Pippo Inzaghi to help finance the arrival of new players such as Gigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved, Lilian Thuram et al. They made the system work while the Agnelli family funds were used elsewhere.

More than one Juventus employee last week looked to the difference in financial strengths between themselves and Europe’s biggest when trying to explain the 4-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich. But if you can’t compete in the revenue stakes, then the transfer market does offer you an avenue by selling players. Granted, that is not as simple as it sounds given that you have to do it in a way to make sure your side’s competitiveness is not negatively offset. But it is an option that should be explored.

Marotta has clearly had few problems spending money since his arrival in the summer of 2010, indeed, he’s actually spent more than Bayern in the last three years. And that is not a criticism of him or his buys, a number of whom spectacularly flopped. No transfer chief is immune to signings that don’t come off. The worrying aspect is his inability to sell players at a profit and move some unwanted individuals on, which have then had consequences on the wage bill.

In the summer of 2010, Juve spent €56m on new faces and collected €37m in sales. A year later, they shelled out a massive €85m and brought in just €14m. Last summer, €55m went out and only €17m came in. The club lost €11.5m on Milos Krasic and Eljero Elia alone. Marotta has only sold one player in Turin for over €10m and that was Diego to Wolfsburg.

La Signora also failed to get Amauri’s €3.8m salary off their wage bill until six months before his contract was set to expire, while Vincenzo Iaquinta – frozen out of the squad this term – is still the club’s third highest paid player behind Gigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Add a bit more to Iaquinta’s3m a year deal and you have a top player’s salary.

The tales of Amauri and Iaquinta illustrate that if you continually opt to reject or fail in the sales of certain players, then you run the risk of never making a return on whatever you’ve shelled out in terms of a transfer fee.

There are a few players in the present squad who may soon be contenders to be included in such a bracket. All are in attack. Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri roughly cost the Turin giants €15m each. The first two players are 29, the latter 28. How much would they be worth today? How much in 12 months’ time? The line graph would probably be falling south.

One of those three will surely have to be released for a decent amount at the end of the season, possibly even two depending on who else, as well as Fernando Llorente, will come in for 2013-14. And although Vucinic is clearly Conte’s first choice striker, he shouldn’t be untouchable because he’s ultimately taking up a striker role in the side despite clearly not being the most clinical finisher in the League.

Selling for the sake of selling is evidently ludicrous, but one would presume that a club such as Juventus would also understand that there does come a time when saying goodbye makes sense. 

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on the 19th April, 2013 at 1:16pm
@ Moggi's sim card

Obviously you have no clue. Marotta has signed competitive players and useful prospects, but has focused on the squad as a whole. The squad is now fairly well balanced after some lag. Juve are now back at the top which means a change in transfer strategy. Back to that of the triad: sign prospects, turn them into champions, sell them when they're out of juice. Juve is not a camping site.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 1:13pm
No. Simple as that.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 12:41pm
The answer to this blog could have been summed up in 1 simple word.

on the 19th April, 2013 at 12:35pm
Im sorry but he already plays for one of the biggest teams in the world. We shouldn't sell Vidal for any price at any time he is already the best box to box midfielder in the world so who could we possibly sign to replace him? He is the sort of tough tackling no nonsense midfielder we have been crying out for since Davids plus like Eddie he has the ability to go round a man with a bit of skill can pass well and has a great shot. I want him to stay and retire here. FORZA KING ARTURO
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:57am
I neva realy liked marota. How could he not buy veratti all because of 1 extra million. We kant buy cavani, falcao, or suarez. Am so sick of him.
Vidal should be sold, except in exchange for messi or c.ronaldo
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:54am
Every players on Juve is a top player. You write an pathetic article. Even Man utd, Madrid, Barca and every big clubs ever signed a failed player.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:52am
As for Vidal, there is not discussion here. We have to keep him at least for another 2 seasons then sell him for much more money.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:52am
Don't get me wrong im not defending Marotta, however i do feel that clubs and players have taken full advantage of Juve's desire to get to the top as soon as possible. That is why i fear Juve are making a mistake trying to get players for free and are unwilling to meet asking prices set by other clubs. Verratti, Dzeko, Aguero, to mention a few players that we could have brought in. Instead it looks like we will be bargain shopping for the next few years.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:51am
Should a big club come along and offer him a lucrative contract it would probably be difficult for Juve to keep him. So the question should be does Vidal want to leave? I don’t think so, at least not unless someone offers him a mad sum of money.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:40am
Let's not even start comparing Bayerns transfer policy to the one of Juve. The Bundesliga is exclusively a breeding ground of players for Bayern and their influx of 100mil. euros per season solely to be used on transfers makes this a no contest. Granted mistakes made by Marotta have cost Juve a lot over the last few years but i feel the mistakes were a necessary evil considering that Clubs and players alike held Juve at ransom. Players refusing to leave when offers came and clubs unwilling to match the asking price set by Juve.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:40am
Selling vidal is just like saying that is the maximum for the italian league. That there is no ambitions to go up another level. As who ever juventus buy with vidal's money wont be better than him or the top clubs would have already bought them. This issue is not for juventus only its about the whole italian league, its turning into a selling league and this time the champion of italy is selling one of the best assets they have. Just as milan did last year. Just build more on what you have.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:39am
At last someone has qeustiones Marotta;s sales. Been saying it for years, the guy couldn't sell a pencil at a pencil appreciation society. He buys high and sells low.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:32am
@Duck - sell Vidal to give room to Pogba?

Think Marotta has done OK, but, correct me if I'm wrong, but he has yet to properly sell Felip Melo has he? I'd sell Quags and Matri this summer. Got be be €25m from them two. That could come in handy.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:28am
Labbate clearly has no clue. There is a difference between being a selling club and a club that sells players and replace them with equal or better players.

Real Madrid has parted with the likes of Robinho, Sneijder and van der Vaart over the last few years. Does that make them a selling club? Hardly.

Baggio was sold to give room to Del Piero. Great move.
Vieri was replaced by Inzaghi. Great move.
Zidane and Inzaghi were replaced by Buffon, Thuram and Nedved. Fantastic move.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:14am
Simple answer is NO - in a few years maybe! dont look at pogba as a replacment as u will need to BUY! to fund more replacements to wat cost? and standard? Marrotta to this date has shown that he is not cut out for this lvl! i mean a man who sells diego! for 15! and then signs MARTINEZ! for 12! has no clue! Juves prob has been wastage on below average over priced squad players..the list can go on..keep Vidal! and invest...cut the baggage and trim the squad down a little and use the youth we have!
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:06am
The Triad replaced quality with quality,it’s much harder to do that now. Marotta has found it difficult to acquire top players apart from Vidal/Pirlo. If Vidal was sold now his replacement would be half the player. Keep Vidal for another 3-4 years, his game is based on energy so if he has/wants to leave eventually, sell him when he’s approaching 30 and starts to decline, to ‘insert Arab owned team here’ for £30m. Juve need to retain the current team and add a quality winger or forward + Llorente
on the 19th April, 2013 at 11:03am
Marotta has been a disaster and his excuses after the Bayern game that we can't compete on a financial level really annoyed me,considering,as you have pointed out,the massive waste of money he has overseen at our club.About Juve not being a selling club, this is true - Zidane was sold because his wife wanted to move home.Vieri was sold because he was a party boy.Baggio because he refused to take a penalty against fiorentina (plus ADP maturing).Inzaghi was hated by the fans before he was sold.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 10:49am
Sell matri quagliarella padoin isla and giaccerini and use the money to buy a striker then use the funds that will already be made available by the board to strengthen other areas its as simple as that
on the 19th April, 2013 at 10:38am
Selling Vidal would be one of the worst moves ever. If we keep him for another 2-3 seasons we would probably get even more money for him so its entirely pointless to sell such a great player now. Do with Vidal what we did with Zidane, sell him at almost 30 for a huge sum or dont sell him at all
on the 19th April, 2013 at 10:03am
I haven't even bothered reading this article. As soon as i seen the question whether Juve should sell Vidal, it's obvious the answer is just NO NO NO!! Arutro Vidal is just amazing. Simple. End of story.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 10:00am
Marotta has sold just one player for over €10m? Wow. I would keep Vidal, but I get the feeling that the Triad would cash in. And it worked fine back then.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 10:00am
No! He is virtually irreplaceable.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 9:54am
This is quite a pointless article in my opinion. Comparing Vidal to Amauri and Iaquinta...Marotta simply says we are not going to sell our best players, not that we will not sell anyone. This is the right thing to say and he said. Period.

Of course anyone can be sold when an offer is good enough. However, as stated in this article, Vidal's value is about to rise. Really don't see what was the point of writing so much on a very normal situation in every club in the world.
on the 19th April, 2013 at 9:53am

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