Outstanding Arturo Vidal would be perfect for Manchester United

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Arturo Vidal turned in a display Roy Keane would have been proud of against Chelsea. So what of the previous reports linking the Chilean with Manchester United?

Juventus put Chelsea to the sword last night, winning out 3-0 in a city United will remember well for their 1999 comeback win in the Champions League semi-final.

There was no comeback from 2-0 down for Chelsea last night, as Juventus in their new stadium took a major step in reaching the competition's knockout stages.

Instrumental in Juventus' performance was their midfield engine Arturo Vidal, who scored one and created another.

It was a truly outstanding showing from the Chilean; and here are the statistics which prove his dominance on the pitch.

* No player touched the ball more times than Vidal, 82. Mata closest with 76.

* Vidal won 100 per cent of all his aerial battles.

* Vidal completed more passes than any other player on the pitch; 63.

* Vidal had the highest pass completion percentage of any player, 94 per cent.

* No Juventus player made more combined tackles and interceptions than Vidal, with Ramires of Chelsea making just one more.

So you get the picture, Vidal was too much for Chelsea to handle, and for those tracking his progress it is no surprise.

He is a midfielder who has everything. He can score, create, tackle, and pass, and he is a winner, instrumental in Juventus' 49-game unbeaten run.

Going further back into his career, he has outstanding pedigree. In his final season at Bayer Leverkusen, he scored 13 times and created 13 assists. This saw him signed by Juventus in the summer of 2010 for the princely sum of £11 million.

In his debut season for Juve, he scored 8 and assisted 5, a good return for his first season in Italian football, but it was his winning partnership with Andrea Pirlo which caught the eye.

This season already, prior to last night, he had bagged 8 and assisted 3, and it's only November. The 25-year-old is in the form of his life, and it is no wonder he is catching admiring glances from other clubs.

Manchester United are a team who are reputed to be interested, with the Mirror claiming in September that Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring the midfielder. 

Wise move there, but the problem is Juventus will not want to sell. Vidal would likely cost more than £30 million. It is hard to argue that, at 25, he isn't worth it, there are few better all round midfielders in European or world football.

Do United have that sort of money to put up? Perhaps, but they are unlikely to if they can avoid it, as they have shown time and time again. In fact, Nick Powell at £4 million was the last central midfielder the club bought since Anderson in 2007.

The Mirror claimed he could even cost £40 million, and said both Manchester City and Real Madrid were after him too. It's hard to argue either need him more than United, whose midfield weaknesses were shown evidently at the weekend when Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick put in a limp showing against Norwich.

Vidal would be expensive, but he would be worth every single penny.

Should United break the bank for Vidal? Or would he just be too expensive?

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