Who is the better signing: Vidal or Chelsea target Fabregas?

Arturo Vidal

Manchester United and Chelsea are currently linked with two of Europe’s finest midfielders, but which of them is the better player?

Cesc Fabregas and Arturo Vidal, both 27 years of age, are linked with moves to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea said to be interested in the former and Manchester United in the latter.

Former Arsenal captain and Spain midfielder Fabregas scored eight goals and made 13 assists for Barcelona in La Liga in the 2013-14 season, while his Chilean counterpart Vidal struck 11 goals and provided five assists for Italian champions Juventus in Serie A.

Both players made 28 league starts this past season, with Fabregas making eight appearances as a substitute for the Catalan giants and Vidal coming on from the bench on four occasions for the Old Lady.

The Spaniard averaged a pass completion rate of 87% to Vidal’s 83.7% and also made more passes per game on average - 60.7 every match to the former Bayer Leverkusen

man’s 45.9 passes per game on average. Fabregas also made marginally more key passes - 1.6 per game to Vidal’s 1.5 on average - but in front of goal the Chile international was the more fruitful.

Vidal averaged 1.8 shots per game for Juventus to Fabregas’ 1.4 per game for Barcelona, which explains his higher goal tally. However, the Spain international was the more efficient with his shots - 63% of his shots were on target to Vidal’s 40%.

Fabregas was also more confident and comfortable in possession in terms of his dribbling – the Spaniard completed 0.7 dribbles per game to Vidal’s 0.4 on average. Fabregas was dispossessed less often - 0.8 times per game to the Chilean’s 1.4 per game on average.

Defensively, however, Vidal was far more effective – he made 4.1 tackles per game to Fabregas’ 1.3 per game on average. The pair made the same number of interceptions, blocks and clearances on average across the season, but Fabregas conceded fewer fouls - 1.2 per game on average to Vidal’s 2.3 per game.

Overall, Fabregas is the more efficient in terms of passing and keeping possession, and is also better at creating chances for his teammates, but Vidal scored more goals and offers a greater protection defensively.

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