Thursday October 16 2014
Take the money and run

With Arturo Vidal again linked with a move away, Dave Taylor believes his exit might have a silver lining for Juventus.

Following a summer of yes, no and maybe from Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal after strong links with Manchester United, the Chilean eventually began the season in black and white and, although still looking for full match sharpness, has already proven again that he is remains one of Europe’s finest midfielders.

But after a recent nightclub incident, where the Warrior was allegedly involved in a drunken episode and came off the worse, he was fined €100,000 by the club. Whilst playing down the severity of the incident and the suggestion since that Juve are now ready to listen to offers for him come January, Coach Massimiliano Allegri did label his actions as ‘stupid’.

Following the incident, Vidal was dropped from the first XI for the all-important clash with Roma, despite Allegri claiming the decision was purely tactical. “Vidal was on the bench because I needed, with the return of Andrea Pirlo, a more tactical player like Claudio Marchisio,” he said. “Every now and then boys do stupid things and they need to understand what they cannot afford to do, especially nowadays with cell phones and photographers everywhere.”

Subsequent rumours in Italy suggest the relationship between club and player is not at its best and that an exit mid-season is plausible, whilst in England reports claim that Juventus have also lowered their previous asking price because of this incident. Critics may also argue that the whole episode is one way to ensure a parting of the ways without making Juve look like they need the money, nor Vidal officially request a transfer.

Whatever the end result it will be a sad day for both Serie A and Juventus if he leaves but let’s face it, it would be nothing new. For the last few years the League has failed to keep its top players due to financial enticements on offer from abroad, with new examples cropping up every year.

However, as Juve’s two nearest competitors Roma and Napoli can testify, selling your best players for big money can be handy and allows you to build a bigger and better squad for the future. “Vidal is not irreplaceable but if you do decide to sell, then you need to spend that money wisely,” said Juve legend Alessandro Del Piero when asked about the situation in the summer. 

Indeed, there are several aspects to Arturo’s potential exit that could prove advantageous.

Perhaps the principal reason being that if Juve can receive near to the €40m figure rumoured, that sum can plug a significant hole in their bank balance. Dating back to the fallout from Calcipoli, the Bianconeri are weaker than they once were financially. Factor in Antonio Conte leaving, the fall in their TV money, several years of posting significant losses and owners EXOR no longer investing big money and the Old Lady is not the financial super power of 15 years ago. Indeed according to one financial website there is even a 75 per cent chance of Juve going bankrupt within two years.

She arguably needs reinforcements in several positions and unless monies come in none will be going out. “Juve can only spend what it takes in while John Elkan, FIAT and EXOR cannot give money to Juventus like Gianni used to in the old days,” said Juve shareholder and financial advisor Ennio Longo.

The one position that is well covered is central midfield with Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Claudio Marchisio all top players in that role. “Even without Vidal a midfield with Pirlo, Marchisio and Pogba would still be very impressive,” added Del Piero.

This leaves the selling of Vidal their best option of raising serious money to fund positions that need covering. Let’s not forget that Juve have had three great seasons out of him and in two years’ time he will be 30 with his subsequent value perhaps dropping by at least a half.

Of course it’s not going to be easy without El Guerrero and with 30 goals in 101 League games he has been a crucial element of Juve’s attack. Last season he was Juve’s third top scorer with 11 goals in 32 games with only Lazio’s Antonio Candreva scoring more from midfield with 12.

He was equally as comfortable in defence, as the midfield enforcer made an average of 4.1 tackles per game last season with his next nearest competitor, Parma’s Marco Parolo on 3.3, while his nearest teammate was defender Giorgio Chiellini made 2.5.

Undoubtedly the 27-year-old has repaid the €10.5m he cost in 2011 and selling him for a big fee makes sense. So despite the misgivings of some perhaps it may be best to grab any cash on offer in January, say thank you Arturo and goodbye, and make room on the bench for a young Italian.

Have your say...
juveman, forget the wingers for time being. Allegri does not use wingers. But yes some more competition for full backs would be good, for as much as I like Liechtensteiner, he can't cross the ball. Hopefully next year we can bring back some of our younger players out on loan
on the 17th October, 2014 at 9:42pm
Why&how would juve go bankrupt within two years if they have revenue comin in from sponsors,tv,stadium,UCL & soon a whole new project around the stadium?!what are you saying!as for selling vidal if he doesnt wana be here we could easily do with 50 mil for him after all as stated he is going to be 30 in 2 years and hasn't been in form or barely played all year.It might be the righttime to pull the trigger rather than cause we NEED to.wingers and R/LBs are way more needed.
Get that 4-3-3 goin.
on the 17th October, 2014 at 9:45am
One modest option would be Udinese's Allan. He might not have the work rate but certainly has class and vision. Am baffled at how a team like Milan haven't thought about him considering Muntari's poor performances and Essien's anonymity in most games. Next year will be tough if Vidal leaves as Pirlo will be leaving too,where only Marchisio,Pogba and probably Perreyra will be left. I love Atalanta's Baselli but he wouldn't be the solution. Hopefully Marotta will spot another Vidal
on the 16th October, 2014 at 8:50pm
Just wanna comment on Vidal the warrior and pretend I didn't read the part where Juve are going bankrupt. It's sad to hear him angling for a move as he embodies the grit,determination and hard work Juve legends are known for. Sadly all marriages come to an end. I've felt the pain of letting Del Piero leave so all other departures will be less painful. Getting a ball winner like Vidal is no easy task. The likes of Matic of chelsea are rare n expensive. I don't like the Khedira idea either.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 8:41pm
I've read somewhere that Real Madrid are offering Khedira plus 40 mil for Vidal. That is very tempting! Vidal is a great player, but I'm getting concerned with both his injury worries & general behaviour. Khedira would be a fine replacement.

Also, I don't like all these stories linking Juve to a young Croatian keeper. They already have the likes of Leali on their books and really should be giving him a chance.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 5:32pm
It would be a massive shame to lose Vidal, as i think he is the best player in the team, but if his intentions are to go to another team, be it United or Real then so be it. We can't keep players who don't want to stay. The same thing happened when we sold Zidane, and look who we bought with the sale. I do think he is worth minimum £50 million, as he is one of the best and consistent midfielders in the World. I agree with the first comment about Napoli, they are proof how to mess up a team.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 5:13pm
Vidal gone, you are looking at defence and strikeforce suffering. They would have to spend all of that and more wages to cover him. Juve wage bill has went up 18 mill in a season. Juve are in difficulty, they cannot extend themselves, hence Conte leaving, if they dip in form, they will suffer quite badly, and like every team, when you rise, you have to fall...Of course in six months Napoli could be the richest side in Serie A. (certainly debt free with Fiorentina)
on the 16th October, 2014 at 5:06pm
@Sasko Dukoski

Just cause some moron payed that price for martinez doesn't mean vidal is worth 100 mill or whatever you have in mind. Not to mention the latest injury concerns he had. 40ish mill yes, 65 forget it.

The market is broken and its ruining football.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 5:00pm

Tell me who is better on that position than fit Vidal?And when you pay for Martinez from Bilbao 45 mil which is not as half good as Vidal what is his real price?Not to mention Luiz and other dummies.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 4:41pm
Either Juve sell for 50 mill or forget it.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 4:40pm
What a lazy piece of work this is Dave. No real fact finding here at all. The standard of this website is plummeting faster than serie A. Due to stuff like this. If you can't be bothered then stop trying.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 3:46pm
Just think of all the refs that they can re-invest on with the transfer fee!
on the 16th October, 2014 at 3:42pm
Juventus? bankrupt? My, my referees must be becoming very expensive to bribe.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:50pm
That "bankrupt" quote sound like a quote form one of those headcases who give you the date for when the world will end.

You know, the thousands that said it would happen in 2012!

Vidal? He's at that age where a big offer would be tempting, but only if a proper replacement comes in and not some has-been from England.

He'd be huge shoes to fill but if they got 40m+ in January and Rabiot(cheap) and either a proper replacement for Vidal or Pirlo with the remainer, then it wouldn't be too bad.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:31pm

65 mill? Calm down.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:22pm
juve bankrupt? are you crazy?
btw. juve would be stupid to sell him for €40m, it should be at least 50m
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:15pm
My friend Taylor. You are so wrong this time.

take a look.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:10pm
This piece is an utter joke. RIP Football Italia.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 2:01pm
So, what figures lead you to believe that Juve might go bankrupt? You never mention them or anything that might support your opinion.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 1:51pm
How can be Vidal's price 40 mil.?Martinez from Bayern was bought for about 45,Luiz although they don't play at the same position is 52 mil,so Vidal's price must be at least 65 mil.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 1:47pm
It will be a sad day for Serie A if Juve decide to cash in on Vidal. However, that money can indeed be spent wisely. Mister Taylor referring to Roma I can understand but Napoli? Rafa Benitez has turned his team into bunch of mercenaries from other leagues. The overall standard of Napoli has deteriorated as a result and I can't imagine them competing for UCL spot this year as a result. Maybe it would be time to start recruiting players from Serie A instead of trying for every EPL/La Liga outcast.
on the 16th October, 2014 at 1:35pm

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