Arsenal closing in on £28.5m midfield powerhouse

Arsenal are edging ever closer to sealing a summer deal for Champions League finalist Arturo Vidal, with reports from Metro claiming that talks have already taken place between the club and the player’s agent.

The Juventus ace has been heavily linked with the Gunners in recent weeks, amid speculation that Arsene Wenger has outlined him as a potential addition for the coming months.

And now it’s reported that his representative, Fernando Felicevich, was in attendance at the FA Cup Final, after which the subject of Vidal swapping Turin for North London came up.

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Although the agent was officially at the game to watch another major client, Alexis Sanchez, in action, Arsenal chiefs took the chance to kick off negotiations.

Vidal partners the Emirates Stadium hero at international level with Chile and is widely considered to be one of the best box-to-box midfielders around.

Juve value him at £28.5m.