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Here’s What You Could Have Won: Former Manchester United Target Signs New Juventus Deal – Player Report

One man who has been linked with a move to Manchester United in order to shore up their midfield is Arturo Vidal, but United fans will be weeping into their dinners this evening as the Chile international has signed a new deal at Juventus. So, to rub a little bit of salt into the wounds, here is what you could have won.

Vidal is a player who bursts from box to box but the attention is always on him. He can pass – he’s completed 83% of his general passes and made 26 opportunities – he can tackle – He’s already won 40 tackles this season in his 13 outings – and he can scored goals – He has five in the league and five in the Champions League.

He is the all round player. Despite his height, he has also won 57% of his headers, which is good going.

The 26-year-old has outshined Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba this season which in itself tells you how talented he is, and he has been a huge reason as to why Juventus have lost just one game in Serie A this term.

For me, Vidal was the ideal candidate for David Moyes to go all out for in January, but that is unlikely to be the case now that he’s extended his stay in Turin by another year. 

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Chelsea Ready To Sell Trio – Should They Stay Or Should They Go?

Jose Mourinho isn’t one to mince his words. If the Portuguese coach tells you that you’re not playing, he usually has a good reason for doing so, and if he tells you that he wants rid of you in the next transfer window then, well, you probably don’t have too long left. And that is what the London Evening Standard is suggesting will happen to David Luiz, Juan Mata and former Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

But should they stay or should they go? Here’s my take on the situation.

I’ll start with Juan Mata, who for me is one of the top talents in the entire Premier League.

The Spaniard has won back-to-back Chelsea Player of the Year awards and bagged himself 20 goals last term, but this time round has missed a lot of game time. He has, however, still managed to make 15 key passes in his seven Premier League game and scored in the League Cup.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Blues should be building their attack around Mata and Eden Hazard, so I think he should stay.

Luiz, however, is a different story. However funny he is and however popular he is with his team-mates, he is not doing the business on the pitch right now. The Brazilian takes a slack outlook on the game and he has made numerous mistakes already this season, and as a result fallen right down the pecking order.

For me Luiz is a midfielder, but considering Mourinho currently has John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Ramires and Frank Lampard to play in the central zones, his future looks unclear.

Ba, for me, has to go. He has offered next to nothing again this season and is only taking up space where another, stronger forward could be operating.

Mata to stay, Ba to go, and Mourinho to decide on the latter, by my reckoning.