Arsenal are close to completing a move to sign Arturo Vidal from Juventus, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
The midfielder is currently away with his country at the Copa America, and is preparing for their semi-final showdown against Peru. However that has not stopped the speculation and over the weekend it was claimed that the Gunners are making their move to sign the Juventus ace.
Now according to Cadena Cope the deal is '90%' complete and Vidal will become Arsenal's second summer signing behind Petr Cech from Chelsea. The deal for the 28-year-old will cost them around £24 million.
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Vidal has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, but with Manchester United who tried to sign him last summer.
However the Red Devils had concerns over a knee injury which required surgery before last year's World Cup, while his behaviour off the pitch has also come under scrutiny. Earlier on in Chile's Copa America campaign the midfielder was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing his Ferrari - however he was allowed to remain with Chile for the remainder of the tournament.
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Despite that it seems as though Arsenal are willing to take a risk after seemingly missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners were linked with the French international for some time but he is now close to joining Manchester United in a deal worth £24 million after agreeing a four year contract.
Crucially Cadena Cope report that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has given the green light for the transfer of Vidal to be completed - an issue which is said to have held up and ultimately cost them the chance to sign Schneiderlin.
Should Arsenal complete the move then it would mark their second signing of the summer, with a deal for Cech expected to be completed shortly. The 33-year-old has agreed personal terms with the club and fee of around £11 million has been finalised.
Cadena Copa is a fairly reliable source in Spain, however it is still hard to believe that Arsenal will go ahead with the deal - although Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport carry similar rumours today.
Vidal is a superb midfielder who offers the type of qualities that the Gunners need - energy, dynamism and a will to win - however he comes with too much baggage. The fact that Juventus are willing to let him go says a lot.
The 28-year-old leads an active lifestyle off the pitch and has been in his fair share of trouble in recent months, while his knee is a major problem. Manchester United swerved a deal, and so should Arsenal