Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refused to deny a move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, and instead admitted that he liked the Chilean superstar, John Cross from the Mirror reports.
Wenger on Vidal. “Yes, I like Vidal. Are we in transfer mode? I say no.”
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 27, 2015
We have been heavily linked with Vidal over the past few weeks, with reports in South America suggesting that a deal had been done for after the Copa America this summer (via The Independent).
The link between Vidal and Alexis Sanchez has further strengthened rumours regarding a move, and judging by how the boss usually deals with transfer reports, his evasive response suggests that there may be movement behind the scenes.
Any move for the Champions League finalist seems odd considering that we have a number of options currently operating in his position. Vidal offers very little defensively in the middle of the park, and is somewhat similar to the likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Aaron Ramsey.
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Francis Coquelin’s emergence may have led Wenger to look for a different type of midfielder, but Vidal is neither a holding midfielder nor a deep-lying playmaker.
In typical Wenger fashion however, this could be a case of fuelling rumours regarding a player he has no intention of signing while he pursues other targets – a perfect smokescreen!