The last few days have been filled with talk of holding midfielders, namely Morgan Schneiderlin and Arturo Vidal. The facts are that both players will be leaving their respective clubs, with deals close to being agreed, but their destinations have not yet been announced.
The Daily Telegraph on Friday reported that Schneiderlin will be joining Manchester United whilst Vidal is on his way to the Emirates Stadium to join fellow Chile sensation Alexis Sanchez. At the beginning of last season the two aforementioned clubs were involved in a heated debate over who was the better signing between Sanchez and Di Maria.
With that question well and truly answered, we look forward to who will be the better signing, Schneiderlin or Vidal?
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Schneiderlin, linked with all the big clubs for the last two seasons, is well known to followers of the Premier League. Aged 25 and currently plying his trade at Southampton, the French international has taken the top flight by storm, being a key player in the club's promotion and hailed by many as the key factor in the south coast club’s season, despite last summer’s exodus.
A tough physical player, Schneiderlin finished the season as arguably the best defensive midfielder in England.
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Vidal, in contrast, has been in the limelight for a while longer, with four years in the Bundesliga followed by four Serie A title in four years at Juventus. Fresh from a domestic double, followed by a Champions League final, at 28 years of age he brings bags of experience and a winning mentality that both English teams currently miss.
Although deals haven’t yet been confirmed, Schneiderlin is rumoured to be costing the Red Devils £25m, whilst Vidal could set the Gunners back a cool £21.3m, or €30m. For this money, United will get a player yet to hit his peak, experienced in the Premier League with only one major injury to date.
It is expected that he will slot into United’s first team with ease, filling the Carrick-shaped gap that exposed the Red Devils’ substandard back four this term. In short, Van Gaal is getting incredible value for money, especially considering the amount United are accustomed to spending.
On the other hand, Vidal is three years older, but with four domestic titles to his name will slot into the Arsenal team as a leader and inspirational figure. With a slightly more chequered injury history, and some mishaps with a Ferrari earlier this week, the deal has got its issue for Wenger.
Nevertheless, the aggression and tenacity shown by Vidal in the Italian league will come in handy in the more physical Premier League, and Vidal is not expected to struggle to adapt.
A major problem for world stars can be how they settle in at a new club, just ask Angel di Maria. Schneiderlin, as mentioned before, is already settled in England and should feel comfortable in Manchester despite being the only Frenchman.
In this respect Vidal’s choice to move to Arsenal also makes sense, joining his friend Alexis Sanchez who himself has thrived in north London.
Both players look set to join the Premier League this summer which is exciting for all concerned. Both are well suited to their (probable) new clubs and superb value for money.
In short, Van Gaal and Wenger are on the verge of two fantastic signings. It will be a long season with a lot at stake for both clubs. You suspect that whichever of these two players proves to be the greater signing may just end up with a Premier League winner’s medal to show for their efforts.
Have your say: Who will be the better player in England, Schneiderlin or Vidal?