Why Arsenal were never close to signing Arturo Vidal
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Confirmation that Arturo Vidal has joined Bayern Munich has been greeted with the inevitable Twitter trolling of Arsenal fans.
This tells us much about modern social media but very little about what factual basis, if any, there is for such behaviour.
Talk of Arsenal narrowly missing out on the Chile international is wide of the mark. Football Insider sources understand Arsenal were monitoring the availability of Vidal this summer but at no point were they working on a deal to sign him.
True, Arsene Wenger is a big fan of Vidal. But he is in a lengthy queue of admiring elite managers, who also number Louis van Gaal and, most obviously, Pep Guardiola.
The much-coveted midfielder has moved to Bayern after Juventus accepted a £28million bid for the midfielder. The breakthrough in negotiations was secured last week after the German champions upped their initial offer of £21million.
It is a blow for the Premier League clubs who have kept close tabs on Vidal, but it would be stretching the truth to claim Bayern out-gunned Arsene Wenger’s team or proved to be more persuasive in negotiations.
The Bundesliga club moved for the midfielder after selling Bastian Schweinsteiger to United at the start of last week for around £15million.
In turn, Wenger has his sights on other targets. With Mathieu Flamini closing in on a move to Galatasaray, Arsenal are weighing up a move for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.