73 tackles, 40 shots: Manchester United target is one of the world's best

Manchester United have been tipped to 'break the bank' for Juventus star Arturo Vidal - We take a look why they should.

Arturo Vidal has only recently just secured his long-term future in Turin, but the new contract alone hasn't done enough to put Manchester United manager David Moyes off his scent.

Juventus are currently the form team in Italy having won their last nine matches, leaving them comfortably at the top of the pile in Serie A. And the Chilean midfielder has been integral to that run, having scored 4 goals in the 9 games and winning the man of the match award twice.

Not only has Vidal been in stunning form in Serie A, but he has also been one of the top performers in the Champions League this season, notably hitting the headlines for a hat-trick against Copenhagen in a 3-1 win. 

So what makes the midfielder one of the most dynamic in world football, and one of the best central midfield players in the world?

First and foremost the midfielder is defensively sound minded, and his warrior like attitude on the pitch can lift teams and is often the catalyst behind the tempo Juventus play with.

Known as one of the best tacklers in Serie A, he has put in 73 successful tackles in 17 appearances, leaving him only second in the whole division for successful tackle count. Along with his high tackling rate, he has also made 22 interceptions which really underlines his defensive capabilities.

Vidal's asset is also his versatility, although remarked as one of the best defensively sound players in the division - he is often labelled as one of the best attacking ones too.

12 goals and 4 assists in his 23 appearances in the two major competitions this season, makes him equally a threat going forward than he is staying back.

Along with his goals and assists, he has had 61 shots on goal and created 42 goalscoring opportunities. And that can only be bettered by former Manchester United and Manchester City star Carlos Tevez in the Juventus side.

The signing would go a long way to improving Manchester United's Premier League credibility and would certainly strengthen them enough for a strong second half of the season. But it seems unlikely that unless an earth shattering amount of money was tabled then Juventus wouldn't give the thought the time of day.

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