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Wenger ‘Confirms Interest In Vidal’ Amid £44m Bid Reports
Arsenal woke this morning to news of a potential £44m bid for Arturo Vidal and Arsene Wenger has now admitted he’s a huge fan of the Juventus midfielder.
Vidal is arguably one of the best midfielders in Europe and has drawn admirers for his all-action displays at the heart of Juve’s engine room over the past three seasons.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with the 27-year-old in recent windows but reports in the mornings press claimed that Arsenal were ready to compete for his signature by submitting a mammoth £44m bid.
Most fans laughed it off as nothing more than paper-talk, but Arsene Wenger has now added fuel to the fire by admitted he is a huge admirer of the Chilean international’s, saying he has ‘everything’.
‘Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world,’ he said.
‘He has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. He’s a marathon athlete who plays football.’ Arsene is quoted as telling the Metro.
Needless to say, Vidal would be a sensational signing if we were somehow able to pull it off. Juventus are under no pressure to sell so it’s not going to be easy, but I’m sure if we did table a £44m bid they would give it some serious thought.
However, I’m not convinced how much truth there is in it all. Can you really see Arsene spending that kind of money on a 27-year-old central midfielder? We do need to sign a powerful ball-winner to play alongside the likes of Wilshere and Ramsey, but Vidal is hardly an orthodox defensive midfielder.
He’s scored 28 goals in 95 games for Juventus, which tells you he’s far more attacking and is a box-to-box player who won’t just sit and protect the defence like we need.
I’m sure we could convert him to be a defensive midfielder but that would take away a huge part of his game, so as much as I’d love to see him come to the club, I just don’t see it happening for several reasons.