Earlier today, various news outlets had claimed United had baulked at Juventus’ demands of £34m for the Chilean midfielder and were set to move onto other targets, after Louis Van Gaal had allegedly instructed the club to look for alternatives to Vidal, who has strongly been linked with a move to United over the last couple of weeks.
Conte, however, unexpectedly resigned earlier this evening, despite winning three Serie A titles in as many years, and the Italian press wasted no time in trying to find explain what brought the now former Juventus manager to take such a drastic decision.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Conte had grown disillusioned with Juventus’ recruitment policy this summer – the Turin club are set to complete the signings of Patrice Evra and Juan Iturbe from Verona, but missed out on Alexis Sanchez and look unlikely to sign Juan Cuadrado, reportedly one of Conte’s main targets – and the lack of an official response from the club over Vidal’s potential departure looks to have been the final straw for the Italian.
Reports in the Italian press suggest United are now ready to table a €44m – £35m – for Vidal, who earlier today admitted he’d feel “relaxed even if a move to United fell through” leading to speculation that the club had opened talks to lure the Chilean midfielder away from Serie A ahead of next season.
Conte’s departure, of course, might be motivated by other reasons, namely a growing disagreement between him and the Juventus’ board who, according to the former Juventus manager, were guilty of expecting the Serie A champions to succeed in Europe despite the lack of adequate investments.
At the end of last season, when Juventus clinched their third consecutive Serie A title but were eliminated in the Europa League semifinal by Benfica, Conte claimed that it was unfair for the board to “expect Juventus to dine in a fine dining restaurant when they only had €10 to spend” alluding at the need of adequate signings to compete in the Champions League.