Why Arsenal may struggle to sign Vidal, despite reports of a possible bid

Arturo Vidal

The Gunners have long been chasing the Chilean to boost their midfield, but it may be hard to convince Juventus to sell.

In what is a transfer story that just will not go away, Arsenal are reported to be on the verge of a bid for Juventus and Chile star Arturo Vidal, if you believe the stories appearing in the likes of the Telegraph today via Spanish site Fichajes.

But it is a deal that is unlikely for a couple of reasons, mainly relating to the fact that Vidal's present club are already likely to be losing a number of players this season.

The Serie A winners are in danger of losing three of their first choice central midfielders in one summer.

Playmaker Andrea Pirlo may move to the MLS as he heads into the twilight of his career, while Paul Pogba is being courted by the richest clubs in the world such as Manchester City, according to reports in the Mail.

That means that three of the players who started in midfield for the Champions League final against Barcelona would be gone if Juve also allowed Vidal to leave.

Despite the Turin club being the dominant force in Italy, even that would be a major change for them to have to deal with, and with Pirlo perhaps the most expendable, and Pogba likely to bring in a major fee if he did depart, Vidal might end up being the one that will have to stay put.

Do Arsenal need Vidal?

Arguably, central midfield is the one area of the Arsenal side that Arsene Wenger doesn't necessarily need to strengthen, unless it is to buy that elusive defensive midfielder of course. The Frenchman has the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Francis Coquelin all battling for two spots, while veterans Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are also still at the club.

Additionally, there are a whole host of talented young central midfielders at the Emirates that are on the cusp of challenging for the first team, with Gedion Zelalem and Dan Crowley chief among them.

Adding another quality first-teamer like Vidal to the squad will have a knock on effect all the way down to those youngsters trying to break through.

The only way a transfer for Vidal would make sense would be if the Gunners were considering selling one of their squad members, a worrying thought with Manchester City supposedly eager to sign up Arsenal talisman Jack Wilshere, according to Sky Sports.

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