Report - Arsenal to make £60m double swoop for Vidal and Morata

Arturo Vidal

Recent Arsenal transfer news suggests imminent bids for two key players but is it a double swoop that is greater than Manchester United's coup this week?

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have dominated aggressive Premier League transfer activity thus far this summer and, in the same week the latter are announcing deals for key acquisitions Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Arsenal fans expressed their discontent that there seemed to be no urgency in Gunners manager Arsene Wenger's desire to fortify the Emirates Stadium armoury.

The Frenchman may have been seen dressed like a surfer on the Copacabana strip partaking in beach volleyball sessions just yesterday, Friday, but according to the latest Arsenal transfer news, there will be two sizable bids made to respective giants of the European game.

One will be sent to Real Madrid, as Wenger retains hope of signing Alvaro Morata, a supersub striker who earlier in the week had been the subject of a £16 million offer from Juventus.

While another will be directed to the Old Lady of Serie A themselves, as Wenger is a keen admirer of box-to-box sensation Arturo Vidal, a midfielder impressing on the grandest of stages at the World Cup tournament in Brazil for his swashbuckling attack-minded nation - Chile.

Combined, the cost involved will set the North Londoners back an approximate £60 million, with Wenger matching Juve's £16 million punt on Morata, a forward responsible for a goal every 72 minutes he was on a La Liga pitch last season according to these impressive statistics.

That leaves a club-record breaking £44 million sent to the Turin club for Vidal as it will eclipse the £42.4 million Arsenal spent on trequartista Mesut Ozil last summer.

Both players would revolutionise the way the N5 side are able to play, or at least the way Arsene Wenger would be able to select from his roster.

Last term, the striking department proved to be unreliably thin as there was no real quality outside of spearheading forward Olivier Giroud. Real 21-year-old Morata would remedy that.

Also, the heavy defeats to teams like Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City were because Arsenal… or Wenger… were too naive in their approaches to the match, with Jose Mourinho demonstrating the pressing need for two players competent in defensive duties shielding four defenders in a 4-2-3-1 set-up.

Vidal would be a strong partner for Mathieu Flamini in this regard as, like the Frenchman, he represents a reliable tackling and intercepting unit while also providing a link between the rearguard and the more creative players in the XI.

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