Posted on Wednesday, 29th June 2011 by Jane Carey
According to reports in German, Arsenal will attempt to acquire 24-year-old midfielder Arturo Vidal from Bayer Leverkusen in the event that they lose the services of either Cesc Fabregas or Samir Nasri this summer.
Fabregas has long been linked with a return to boyhood club Barcelona, while Samir Nasri, who is yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners, is still being pursued by Manchester United.
However, Vidal, who has made 30 appearances for the Chilean national side, is thought to be high on the list of replacements for Arsene Wenger this summer.
The midfielder has made 117 appearances for Leverkusen since joining them back in 2007, bagging 15 goals along the way. He is also described as a ‘defensive midfielder’, which could certainly help with Arsenal’s dodgy defensive record next season.
AC Milan have already had a £9 million bid rejected by the Bundersliga outfit, and reports suggest that Arsenal could bag the Chilean ace for £13 million – which is nothing in comparison to the £30 million plus they will receive for Cesc Fabregas.
I must admit, my knowledge on Vidal is very limited. I’ve heard of him, but not to the extent that I know how he plays and what his capabilities are. However, we all know Wenger is the king of finding unknown players and making them great – we just have to look at our very own Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna and Alex Song as prime examples of this.
If Wenger believes he is good enough for Arsenal, then I will put my faith in him. However, I would prefer to see more established players arrive at the Emirates this summer in addition to the likes of Vidal.
Here is a video of the midfielder in action:
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