Arsenal prepared to bide time for Arturo Vidal
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal are ready to join the elite European clubs who will do battle for the services of Arturo Vidal, Football Insider sources understand.
Juventus are not prepared to listen to offers for their midfield kingpin this summer but they are aware of the interest in the £35million-rated Chile international.
Football Insider understands that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of Vidal and would be interested in making a bid if he learned that there would be a possibility of signing a player who is regarded as integral to Juve’s Champions League final prospects on Saturday night.
Wenger wants to make a significant midfield signing this summer despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin in the second half of last season.
Vidal’s colleague Andrea Pirlo, who is a target of New York City FC, is regarded as the most likely of Juve’s highly-regarded midfield quartet to leave this summer.
Juve also face a fight to hang on to young midfield master Paul Pogba, although there is a growing sense in Italy that he could stay for at least another six months.
Vidal will start for the Serie A champions as one of the three advanced midfielders ahead of anchorman Pirlo against Barcelona in Saturday’s mouthwatering Champions League showdown.
The 28-year-old box-to-box midfielder has been at the heart of Juve’s run of four consecutive Serie A triumphs since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
He has attracted strong interest from Premier League clubs, with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitting that he has tried to sign him on countless occasions.
Wenger has been more coy on his interest in the Chilean although it is understood the Gunners would be among the clubs who could pursue him if the possibility of a deal increases.
Nevertheless, Arsenal will bide their time and wait for further encouragement before strongly pushing for one of Europe’s most highly-rated midfielders.