Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that Manchester United target Arturo Vidal will be sold only if he asks to leave.

After months of speculation and rumours, the longest running soap opera of this transfer window is yet to reach a conclusion. Giuseppe Marotta has insisted that Arturo Vidal will be sold only if he asks for Manchester United himself.

Arturo Vidal’s future at Juventus has come under a lot of speculations with the Chilean international being linked with a move to Old Trafford. But there have been contradicting reports in Italian media, some of which suggest that Manchester United decided against pursuing their interest as they are unwilling to meet Juventus’ valuation, while insists that the Red Devils have stepped up their effort to land him. The midfielder meanwhile remains calm about his future and recently stated that he will be happy to extend his stay in Italy if the move to Manchester United fails to materialize.

Vidal joined the Italian club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 and has since then been a regular in Antonio Conte’s side. The 27-year-old has established himself as arguably the best midfielder in the world currently and has already won three Serie A titles with the Italian club.

Vidal finished last season with 11 goals and five assists in 28 starts in the league and his consistent performances has drawn a lot of attention from a host of European clubs. Real Madrid and PSG were initially linked with a move for him, but Manchester United are the current frontrunners in the race for his signature. Juventus are however keen to hold on to their prized asset and only an over the top bid might lure them into selling the Chilean international.

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has however insisted that the player is not in the market and that he will be sold only when he personally asks for Manchester United.

“(Arturo) Vidal? We already said that he is not on the market, but the player’s will is decisive.

“Vidal has never said he wants to leave, and Juventus will sell him only if he were unhappy to remain.

“Nowadays, however, there’s absolutely no reason to even be discussing this now.” – Marotta said.