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Arturo Vidal set to leave Juventus this summer

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Juventus have completed a deal with an unnamed European club regarding the sale of Chile international Arturo Vidal, with an announcement set to be made after the Copa America.

This is according to talkSPORT, who cite Spanish newspaper Marca as claiming a deal has been agreed.

The report also explains that Vidal has accepted the opportunity to leave Juventus after four years with the reigning Serie A champions.

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Vidal has been strongly linked with both Manchester United and Arsenal, whose supporters will be hoping the unnamed European club in question is their team, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old has proven over recent months, including in Chile at the Copa America this summer, that he is still one of the best central midfielders in world football.

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Vidal hoping to end Chile's wait for Copa America

Vidal hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week after being summoned to court to face drink driving charges after crashing his Ferrari in Santiago, but has been allowed to play on at the showpiece international tournament in his home country.

Vidal is now two matches away from helping Chile win the Copa America for the first time in the competition’s 99-year history - a controversial 1-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday setting up a semi-final meeting with Peru, who advanced to the last four after a 3-1 win over Bolivia on Thursday evening.

Juventus unlikely to sell Pogba *and* Vidal

That Juventus would be prepared to sell Vidal is a little mystifying when you consider both Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo are set to leave the beaten Champions League finalists this summer.

Pogba looks set to join either Barcelona or Real Madrid - although Manchester City certainly haven’t given up the fight for the France international just yet - while Pirlo is set to team up with Frank Lampard and David Villa at New York City FC.

Massimiliano Allegri is unlikely to sanction the sale of both Pogba and Vidal, unless Juventus have two ready-made replacements lined up.

Replacing two midfielders of such quality and importance to this Juventus side, however, is likely to be far from straight-forward.

Vidal more likely to join Arsenal

If these latest reports are accurate, though, Vidal would be a wonderful acquisition for any top European side - including both Manchester United and Arsenal.

With United reportedly on the verge of signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, it seems more likely that Vidal will become an Arsenal player in time of the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

It was reported by the Independent earlier today that Arsenal’s Chilean star Alexis Sanchez is attempting to convince Vidal to complete a £21 million transfer to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal and Manchester United fans: do you think there’s a chance Arturo Vidal will sign for your club this summer? Have your say in the comments below!

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