Arsene Wenger admits he likes Arturo Vidal

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Arsene Wenger threatened to start a storm in a teacup on Wednesday morning after admitting he admirers reported transfer target Arturo Vidal.

The Juventus star was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United last summer but has now emerged as a potential summer signing for the Gunners.

Reports in the player's native Chile have suggested that Arsenal are planning to offer Juventus £25m this summer and they have already come to an agreement over wages.

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Those reports are certainly of a tentative nature, but that did not stop one reporter from asking Wenger how he felt about Vidal in his press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

To which Wenger responded: "If I tell you I like him, you will announce the transfer just after that. If you want me to say I like Arturo Vidal, yes I like Arturo Vidal. Are we in a transfer mode? I say, no."

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What does this mean?

That is certainly more than reporters usually get from Wenger regarding transfers, who is a strong advocate of keeping Arsenal's transfer business as secret as possible.

Indeed, the fact that Wenger admitted an admiration for Vidal is probably enough to conclude that he has no interest in signing the midfielder this summer.

If Wenger had something to lose by bringing any potential deal into the public light then it is unlikely he would say anything.

An example

For example, when asked about a potential move for Chelsea star Petr Cech, Wenger reacted by claiming he already had three world-class goalkeepers at the club.

That is nonsense. We could not even decipher who the third goalkeeper, behind Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina, would be. It was simply Wenger's way of trying to knock Cech's potential transfer to the Emirates out of the papers.

If asked about Morgan Schneiderlin, who is thought to be Wenger's No.1 midfield transfer target this summer, the answer may have been similar to that of Cech's rather than Vidal's.

Another transfer rumours

Wenger was also asked about a potential move for Real Madrid star Karim Benzema, who has been linked with an exit from the club because Rafa Benitez plans to play Gareth Bale up front.

To which Wenger said: "You can suspect that at the moment I am not in a transfer mode. We'll deal with the transfers after the FA Cup final. It's all suspicions. Does anybody know if that's true or not? I don't know."


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