Arsenal identify £15m playmaker as contingency plan - reports

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Arsenal have reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

Reports have surfaced in recent days suggesting the north London club are willing to cash-in on their captain, should their demands be met, while Fabregas remains keen to secure a return to his boyhood club.

And now, according to the Mirror, Arsenal are tracking £15 million-rated Vidal as a player with the ability to fill Fabregas' boots, should he move to the Nou Camp this summer.

Vidal, 24, scored 10 goals for Leverkusen last season, and has performed consistently for the Bundesliga side since joining from Chilean outfit Colo-Colo in 2007.

The Chile international can also operate at full-back, and his versatility is thought to appeal to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Along with Arsenal, Manchester City and AC Milan have also supposedly been monitoring his progress, while the latter have allegedly had a £9 million offer for his services rejected.


Arsenal, meanwhile, are still attempting to broker a deal with the representatives for Samir Nasri, as the Frenchman delays signing a new contract.

The 23-year-old has just one year remaining on his current deal and the Frenchman has becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of success at Arsenal during his time at the Emirates Stadium.

It has been claimed the Arsenal playmaker is a target for Manchester United, as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to bring in a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes during the transfer window.

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