According to reports in the South American media, Arsenal have finalised a deal to bring Arturo Vidal to the Emirates, and will make an announcement once the Copa America has been concluded. After it was reported last week that the Gunners had agreed to a four-year deal for the player after a meeting with his agent Fernando Felicevich, who also represents Alexis Sanchez, it seems as though both parties have shook hands on the deal.
The story is being run by DirectTV, which is one of the biggest sports channels in South America. In fact, a renowned journalist by the name of Hernan Feler announced the deal on Twitter and claimed that the official announcement will be made at the conclusion of the Copa America. It you are questioning the credibility of the source, it is worth noting that Mr. Feler was actually one of the first people to announce Arsenal’s deal for Alexis Sanchez last summer.
He tweeted last night: “After the Copa America in Chile, it will be made official the arrival of Arturo Vidal to Arsenal. Everything is closed. He will partner Alexis.”
Well, considering the credibility of the source and the fact that the player will indeed be leaving Turin this summer, I think this is a done deal. Despite Arsenal being linked to various other midfielders like Morgan Schneiderlin and Giannelli Imbula, it seems as though Le Prof has made up his mind and gone for Vidal, and I’m sure no Arsenal fans are complaining.
Arturo Vidal is a world-class midfielder who comes with loads of experience and with a reputation of being one of world football’s best players in his position. There is no doubt in my mind that the Chilean international will come in and do the job for the side, he has everything it takes to make his mark in an Arsenal shirt.
The only worry I have however is that the player is injury-prone, although he’s made a significant improvement on that front this season. Anyway, I guess we can trust Wenger on this as I’m sure a lot of research in regards to his fitness would have gone in before any move was made. I guess all Arsenal fans can do right now is to patiently wait for the conclusion of the Copa America for official confirmation of the big news.