Arsenal, according to a variety of reports, are said to have agreed a deal to sign Arturo Vidal.
The player, coveted for so long by Manchester United, shares the same agent and nationality as Alexis Sanchez so on the face of it, it’s a nice little story so we thought we’d speak to someone who knows a little more about Juventus than the press in the UK.
A recap: The deal is said to be for four years and started with Calciomercatoweb.it, not to be confused with the better known Calciomercato.com or Calciomercato.it.
The 28-year-old is currently under contract until 2017 and is said to be available after Liverpool made an offer for him (how that makes him available we’re not quite sure).
It’s also claimed that the links between Sanchez and Vidal have been used by Wenger which is odd because at his press conference on Friday, when talking about Rosicky/Cech, the manager highlighted how he would never use one player to sign another.
“Most of the time it is the players who want to join you who come in. Sometimes they might call each other but we do not get the players to interfere with that.”
We spoke exclusively to Adam Digby, Italian football expert and author of ‘Juventus: A History in Black & White‘ to see if we could get to the bottom of everything, or, at the very least, find out how likely it is that Vidal will even be leaving the Old Lady this summer.
After he stopped laughing, this is what he told us:
“After spending all last summer listening to talk of Manchester United, it seems this year it will be Arsenal that are linked to Arturo Vidal.
“While there was almost certainly substance to the 2014 story, rumours that a move to the North London club could happen appear to have no basis in reality. He spoke only on Thursday (21st May) about his desire to remain in Turin for life.
“In short, this is a non-starter in my opinion.”
Just as we suspected.
Adam’s excellent book, ‘Juventus: A History in Black & White’ is available now.