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Arsenal FC odds-on favourites to sign Arturo Vidal

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Arsenal 4/6 with Ladbrokes to sign Vidal, although BetVictor are 1/4

The Gunners already have one red hot Chilean although it appears that Alexis Sanchez has helped persuade a highly-rated compatriot to join him at the Emirates.

Arturo Vidal is hot property after helping Juventus to a domestic double last season along with a place in the Champions League final.

It appears that the Turin club have little to no chance of retaining the midfielder’s services, with Vidal the number one target for Arsenal who appear to be winning the race for his signature.

Ladbrokes offer 4/6 that the Chilean arrives at the Emirates this summer, although BetVictor go as short as 1/4 that Vidal becomes an Arsenal player, with some English newspapers reporting it’s a done deal.

It is believed that Arsenal would have to pay Juve somewhere in the region of £21million for the services of Vidal, who recently attracted headlines for the wrong reason after drunkenly crashing his Ferrari during the Copa America.

However, Vidal has played a key role in Chile’s progress to the semi-finals, scoring three times and Arsene Wenger has clearly identified him as a player who can help Arsenal go close to the title next season.

Sky Bet offer 6/4 that Vidal remains at Juventus, with Real Madrid a 12/1 chance suggesting that Arsenal are in pole position to sign a player who would compete for places along with Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere.

Freddie Ljungberg believes that Wenger should break the bank to land Vidal, with the former Arsenal winger touting the Chilean as the potential missing piece of the jigsaw for the Gunners.

“I think the players who are already there are great, but for me I want to see speed. There were some rumours about Vidal, a great player, and he gets fuming if he loses the ball, so I like that. That kind of player would be great for the club,” Ljungberg told Sport360.

“Look at Sanchez. After the World Cup in South Africa I said I wanted us to buy him, when he was at Udinese. He is quality but he also works hard as well. He has speed. When he loses the ball he still fights for it and that’s what I like to see.

“I hope they can challenge for the Premier League title. Now I feel like they started again. They bought Sanchez, who I think is an amazing player, they bought (Mesut) Ozil the year before that and splashed the cash a little bit,” the former Swedish international said.

“I think in one or two years we’ll have a squad that’s going to compete with anyone. With one or two signings here and there, we can get a stronger squad. We’re getting there and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of years.”

“If we go the way we’ve been going then we’ll compete on the same level (with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City).”

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