The reason they have no chance has been prompted by the rejection of an apparent £38 million bid by Juventus made by German champions Bayern Munich.
That is a truly staggering amount of money for this sort of player and if that report is true then Arsenal certainly won’t get anywhere near that fee and United would be reluctant to spend that amount of cash on their next middle man.
Arsenal don’t really need a player of his type which means this setback shouldn’t really affect them too much.
The Gunners need a holding or enforcer style of player over someone who is clearly a big creative talent. They already have plenty of players in that sort of area; Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla.
They have been linked with Victor Wanyama which is a much more realistic and much cheaper option as he’s a player who could play a clear and unchallenged role in the team.
Add to the mix that any attempts to sign Vidal on the part of Arsenal could mean they are now forced to pay over £40 million, which is well over half of what Arsene Wenger reportedly has to spend this summer.
As for United, it’s more difficult because they could definitely inject a player of Vidal’s quality into their side.
They have the resources available to go and get him but the fans would serious question the logic of paying over £40 million for him, which is money that could be used to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford or to go after James Rodriguez of Porto.
Find any United fan that would happily sacrifice a possible deal for either of those players to make this one a reality and it would be pretty amazing.
It would also make a mockery of the recent signing of Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, a player United picked up for a fraction of Vidal’s apparent value and someone who could do the exact same role in the team.
The problem Arsenal and United now face if they want to go after Vidal is the risk of an improved offer from Bayern Munich.
If that comes in and gets rejected then we are talking about this player going for closer to £50 million, which is ridiculous as he doesn’t have a single minute of Premier League experience under his belt.
Both sides need to make midfield additions but they both have managers who have decades of collective experience between them, which means they will not risk a significant chunk of each club’s budget on what can only be considered a risk.
Are you surprised at Vidal’s value?
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