Arsenal are ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United in the race to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus alongside Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona this summer in a £70 million double swoop, according to the Telegraph.
The news will come as a major boost for Arsenal fans as their club look to finally flex their financial muscle in the transfer window in order to compete for the Premier League title once more.
Double Arsenal deal
Arsenal appear to be leading the race for Sanchez already, despite the fact that it's rumoured that he could be part of Luis Suarez's transfer to Barcelona. Liverpool are also in the race for his signature, but the fact they don't want a player-plus-cash deal for Suarez and would prefer to do their business separately which could hamper their chances.
It is claimed by the Telegraph that the Gunners have already offered £22 million, but Barcelona are holding out for £30 million following his stellar performances at the World Cup.
Big name signings
If that wasn't enough to excite Arsenal fans then news of their interest in another star of the World Cup will set pulses racing. Vidal has established himself as one of the most complete midfielders in Europe, and has been attracting interest from Manchester United recently.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal are looking for a long-term alternative to Mikel Arteta who has served the club well during his three years in north London, but at 32-years-old may not have much time at the very top.
The paper say that the man for the job is indeed Vidal, who Wenger has placed on his transfer hit-list. They add that Juventus have made it clear that they want £40 million for the Chilean - and that Wenger has plenty of back-up options including Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as Luis Gustavo and Sami Khedira.
Manchester United interest
Of course, along with his price tag, the fact that Manchester United want Vidal will make it difficult for Arsenal to secure his services. The 27-year-old has previously suggested that he will make a decision over his future after the World Cup so may be open to playing in England.
Given that Manchester United won't be in the Champions League next season Arsenal may hold the advantage, however the Red Devils are spending big under new boss Louis van Gaal and he could be tempted to be part of the Dutchman's revolution.
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