Legendary Juventus midfielder turned director Pavel Nedved has issued a defiant statement over the constant speculation linking two of the great Bianconeri midfielders - Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal - away from the club, however, should Chelsea and Manchester United continue their interest in the players, they may be able to convince the Old Lady of Serie A to do business should they do one specific thing.
And that thing all comes down to the money on offer, reports Nedved.
Juventus may have completed a deal for new manager Massimiliano Allegri, after the resignation of Antonio Conte, but they have no intention of ratifying deals for outbound first-team players, with suggestions that the club were preparing for high-profile exits untrue.
Nedved said: "Anyone who thinks Antonio Conte resigned due to the transfer strategy is wrong. Our plan is clear: we want to keep all our best players, including Vidal and Pogba. We don’t want to sell anyone, especially not Vidal."
Especially not Vidal…
Is Pogba, therefore, a more viable target for Chelsea than Vidal is for United?
Apparently not as both players could be bought, depending on the fee that was offered.
"If a particularly high offer arrived then we’d have to think about it, but we don’t want to sell our champions. We want to be competitive in the Champions League and the only sales will be players who are not part of our plans," he concluded.
Pogba was believed to be a £60 million target for Chelsea as Mourinho allegedly wanted a new-look midfield, with Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas providing a three-man partnership to Pogba, however, the Portuguese coach recently claimed that his shopping had been concluded for the summer.
United, meanwhile, may be preparing a £42.5 million offer for Vidal.
Is £42.5m a substantial bid for Vidal?