Arturo Vidal: The Lowdown On Manchester United's Latest Midfield Target

He had a blinding first season in Turin and is rumoured to be interesting Fergie. Here's what you need to know...
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He had a blinding first season in Turin and is rumoured to be interesting Fergie. Here's what you need to know...

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The Chilean maestro had a fantastic first season with Juventus and played a huge part in the club going unbeaten in the league. Chelsea were after him last summer, but now it has been reported that Fergie wants him at Manchester United. Here's what the fans need to know...

Who is he?

Born in the Chilean capital of Santiago, Vidal’s big break came at his hometown club Colo Colo (the club that also produced another Bundesliga star – Lucas Barrios). Now far from being a goal machine like Barrios, Vidal played a vital midfield role in three titles for Colo Colo, which alongside his performances for Chile’s U-20s got him noticed by Völler.

In the summer of 2007, he signed for Leverkusen for just over £4.5million and he hasn’t looked back since joining the Werkself.

What position does he play in? Who does he play like?

Vidal was the central figure for Leverkusen across the last three managers at the club (Michael Skibbe, Bruno Labbadia and Jupp Heynckes) and it is safe to say that he impressed them all. It is very difficult to pigeonhole Vidal as a certain type of player because his influence is so great . This authority in the heart of the midfield cannot be understated - to say he is hardworking doesn’t even begin to cover it. From doing his bit at the back and offering assistance to the defence, to ghosting his way up the field to do the same for the forward line, Vidal has developed into the kind of player a modern team can’t do without.

In his first three seasons at Leverkusen he picked up a staggering 30 yellow cards, so he could be looked at as a bit of a’Latino bad boy’ but thankfully times have changed

To achieve that, a player needs bags of energy, tenacity and a certain flare…and Vidal has them all. There is no surprise that his name had been linked with Manchester United.

Strengths and Weaknesses?

On arrival in Germany Vidal had a cracking start, but he had a tendency to get himself into trouble. In his first three seasons at Leverkusen he picked up a staggering 30 yellow cards, so he could be looked at as a bit of a’Latino bad boy’ but thankfully times have changed. In the 2010-11 season he did get his discipline a little more under control with just four (two of which did see him sent off). This reduction in yellow cards hasn’t affected his willingness to get stuck in.

He has the qualities that any team wants from a midfield thoroughbred, like the ability to be calm in possession and be tough to shift off the ball. He also has vision, not just with a pass but to see an opportunity and take it – he is often in the right place at the right time to pick up the scraps from an attack and that often ends up in a goal for either him or a teammate. No wonder then he got 11 assists to his name in the league last season. Throw into the mix that he is a trusted penalty taker and Vidal looks more and more like a great jack-of-all-trades.

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