Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Arturo Vidal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the January transfer window.
That’s according to reports from Chile (via Sport Witness), which claim that Antonio Conte has made contact with the Inter Milan midfielder regarding a switch to North London in the winter window.
The report goes on to suggest that, after speaking with a source close to the 34-year-old, the Chile international would be open to a move to the Premier League side, as one of his dreams has been to feature in the top flight of English football.
Speaking about Tottenham’s interest in Vidal, the source said: “His former Inter coach, Antonio Conte, contacted the player to find out his availability to arrive in London. Arturo has always wanted to play in England and the option of arriving in London is something that he doesn’t dislike either.”
While it is true that Vidal is a player who is very much already well into the twilight years of his career at the top level of the professional game, it is undeniable that the midfielder would nevertheless make a fantastic addition to Conte’s current options in the middle of the park.
Indeed, the £8.5m-rated man played an important role for Inter over his 23 appearances Serie A appearances in the club’s title-winning campaign last season, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 0.4 key passes per game.
The £86k-per-week central midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, 27.8 passes and winning 2.8 duels per fixture.
These returns saw the player who himself said “many try to imitate” earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.80, with his performances playing a key role in helping I Nerazzurri seal their first scudetto in 11 years.
As such, with Conte looking to repeat his work at Inter by also restoring Tottenham to glory in the current campaign, it would indeed appear highly advisable for the 52-year-old coach to bring a player who played a key role for him in Italy to North London this January.
Under the management of the Italian, it is not difficult to imagine the midfielder going on to play a crucial role for Spurs in the middle of the park in the second half of the season.