Arturo Vidal to Arsenal was ‘confirmed’ last night on Twitter, with respected journalist Hernan Feler – the man who broke the news of Alexis Sanchez’s move to the club – seemingly giving truth to the rumours.
Reports since then from the likes of The Telegraph have suggested that a £21m move will be completed following the conclusion of the Copa America, but there is now reason to doubt these claims.
The Twitter account that originally broke the news – claiming Hernan Feler was on DirecTV discussing Vidal’s transfer to Arsenal – is now claiming that it was all an elaborate prank, and that Feler wasn’t on TV or radio at all.
He insists that there is no truth in the rumours, and that he was just tricking the Twitterverse.
Hernán says Vidal has agreed a 5 year deal and the transfer is £23m but is likely to rise to about £30m. Will be official after Copa America
— Saeid Mihak (@MihakSaeid) June 27, 2015
This could well be true, and the rumour he started could all be rubbish. There have been hints that they are more than just rumours however, with Hernan Feler himself favouriting a tweet reporting the news.
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Until things are a bit clearer we should continue taking the Vidal to Arsenal rumours with a pinch of salt, but despite the questionable nature of the original tweets, there is no smoke without fire – and we have been linked with Vidal since before the tweets emerged (via The Guardian).