Arturo Vidal to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals his interest in £44m-rated Juventus midfielder

Manchester United are also interested in the Chile international

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his admiration for Juventus' Chile international Arturo Vidal, who is also a target for Manchester United, labelling him as "one of the best midfielders in the world".

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The rapid Vidal has impressed at this year's World Cup, and will be part of the Chile team to face Brazil in the second-round in Belo Horizonte tonight.

Reports suggest that Wenger could break Arsenal's transfer record to secure the deal for the 27-year-old. The Gunners' current record stands at £42m for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in September 2013.

Wenger, who is over in Brazil working as a pundit, was quoted as saying: "Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world.


"He has everything. Incredible stamina, perfect timing. He’s a marathon athlete who plays football."


Arsenal have yet to sign a single player this summer, but have been linked with Auxerre's Serge Aurier and AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.