Marotta: If Vidal does not ask for Manchester United transfer, we will not sell him

The Red Devils look set to miss out on a key target as the Juventus club director insists that they will keep hold of the £42.5 million-rated Chile international midfielder
Juventus CEO Guiseppe Marotta is adamant that Manchester United target Arturo Vidal will not be sold as long as the Chilean is happy in Turin.

The 27-year-old has been one of the Red Devils' top targets this summer, with a £42.5 million bid being prepared, and Goal understands that Vidal met with his agent and senior officials on Sunday evening to discuss the possibility of a transfer to Old Trafford.

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However, after Vidal stated that he is "not going to Manchester" on Thursday, the move looks even more unlikely following Marotta's comments.

Marotta told Sky Italia: "We have clear ideas. We renewed [Vidal's] contract a few months ago just because we knew we could count on an important element.

"We don't want to sell Vidal, there are only rumors because he is a player among the best in the world. We never activated a clause to try to sell him - if he doesn't show an intention to leave, our position won't change."

United had hoped to tempt the goalscoring midfielder into a move to the Premier League by offering a wage package of £250,000 per week and had made the Chile international one of their key targets this summer as Louis van Gaal's overhaul begins to take shape.

Despite United's interest, though, Vidal looks almost certain to remain with the Scudetto holders.