The agent of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has confirmed that he hasn't been speaking to Arsenal over a potential transfer.
The Chilean, who is currently away with his country at the Copa America, has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks.
Reports in Spain went as far as to suggest that the Gunners' swoop was '90% complete' and that he would sign on the dotted line after his was done at the Copa America this summer.
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However that seems well wide of the mark, with his agent Fernando Felicevich confirming that no talks have been held. “For Arturo, there has been no contact with Arsenal,” he is quoted as saying.
Vidal has been key for Chile in their run to the final of the Copa America on home soil, but it was former QPR man Eduardo Vargas who stole the show with a brace to put his country in with a chance of wining the tournament for the first time in their history.
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The Telegraph reported this morning that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been taking a look at the dynamic midfielder, who was heavily linked with Manchester United last summer, but that he has now decided to look elsewhere.
The main concern for Wenger is said to be his wealth of options in midfield, and according to the Telegraph Vidal has been deemed to similar to Jack Wilshere to make a move. The French manager is still yet to make his mind up on Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin having been put off by his £25 million asking price.
The decision could be taken out of his hands by Manchester United, who are said to be closing in on a deal for the French international.
Another concern regarding Vidal is his discipline problems off the pitch. He was in hot water last month after he was caught driving under the influence when he crashed his Ferrari into another car.
Despite being questioned by police he was allowed to remain with the Chile squad and is now on the verge of helping them make history.
There has always been something fishy about Arsenal's reported interest in Vidal, and now it seems to have been put to bed.
Although Arsenal fans would have loved for Vidal to arrive at the Emirates Stadium but in truth it never really made much sense. The Chilean is something of a liability off the pitch, he has a suspect knee and his age means he will have little sell-on value.
All in all, Arsenal are best to steer clear.