The tenacious Chilean Arturo Vidal is one of the most sought after players this summer transfer window, and has been linked to Atletico Madrid amongst many others. But what are our chances of landing him?
He has been a lynchpin in the Juventus squad that has won three consecutive league titles and also of the Chile squad that did admirably in the World Cup, beating Spain along the way.
His stock has risen and as a result, Europe’s elite have made their interest known.
Clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all made approaches for the midfielder and with such competition, it damages Atleti’s chances on securing his signature
The financial power of these clubs is a factor in negotiations that many Atletico fans have to accept and is still a large obstacle the club faces in order to become a dominant force in Spain and Europe.
With Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos move to Real Madrid becoming more and more likely, the Bavarian club is sure to pull out all the stops to sign Vidal.
The player himself has stated his desire to move to Man Utd ahead of any other Premier League clubs, and with Louis Van Gaal’s budget, the bidding war may sky rocket.
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Even if Atleti were to acquire Vidal’s services, would he fit? There is no doubt he is among the best midfielders in the world, scoring 18 goals and racking up 5 assists in the previous campaign for Juve.
His resilience and doggedness is similar to the mentality that Simeone has instilled into his squad and his attitude wouldn’t need adjusting.
In many ways he resembles the playing style of our Argentine coach as they both share a hunger for success – and with a sum total 12 yellow cards last season the resemblance grows stronger.
Despite this, Atletico Madrid are not short of central midfielders and with the renewals of players such as Gabi it is hard to imagine him walking into the first team.
Mario Suarez, Koke and Guilavogui may all have something to say about that and for Vidal’s price tag it would be ludicrous to have him sitting on the bench.
The signing of Vidal seems more a dream than a realistic possibility at this stage and with prospective bids starting at £48m the dream is unlikely to come to fruition.
With the plethora of clubs after him he is most likely to hold out for an offer which financially wouldn’t be possible for Atleti. Although, the authority of Simeone mustn’t be ruled out.
As they do share similarities, Rojiblancos everywhere will hope that our coach and cult hero may be able to convince the Chilean to don the red and white of Atletico de Madrid next season.
Do you think Atleti have a realistic chance, or should we give up hope and focus on more realistic targets?