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Arsenal planning £44m bid for Arturo Vidal

Vidal has brilliant technique.
Vidal has brilliant technique..

Juventus are preparing themselves for mega-bids from two Premier League sides for star-midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is currently in Brazil representing Chile, at the World Cup.

The Daily Star report that both Arsenal and Manchester United are ready to make mega-bids for the Chilean, with The Gunners even tempted to break their transfer record fee by bidding up to £44million for the 27-year-old.

Arsene Wenger is set to be very active this Summer in order to strengthen the side that ended the club's nine-year trophy drought, and a holding-midfielder is high on his list, with Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta nearing the end of their careers, and Abou Diaby still struggling with constant injuries.

It's been reported that Wenger is keen on bringing in five new faces to the Emirates Stadium, with a new goalkeeper, right-back, holding-midfielder and two strikers on the wishlist, and after being linked to numerous players, it looks like Vidal is the man Wenger wants.

Previously, the club had been linked with Bayer Leverkusen's Lars Bender, and also Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin, but with Wenger desperate to show fans that he is prepared to spend money yet again, a big-summer spending spree could be on the cards, with Vidal the starting point.

However, Arsenal won't get a clean run at the Chilean midfielder, as Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal are also preparing to make a Summer bid for him, but are believed to be only offering around £33m, which is £11m less than their Premier League rivals.

Things are changing at Old Trafford, with several signings expected to join the club this Summer, but over the last 12-months, they have already spent a whopping £129m, by signing Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata last season, and already completing the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw this Summer.

It's believed that Van Gaal will have £200m to spend in this transfer market to help United get back to their best, after a dismal season, and Vidal could be his third signing already, but they may have to up their offer, especially if Arsenal are keen as well.

Both English sides have been given a boost in the race for Vidal as he has told SkyItalia that his future may be away from Juventus.

"Will I stay at Juventus? I do not know," he told Sky Italia.

"I just think about the World Cup and the national team now.

"After the World Cup we will see what will be my future."

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