According to the latest transfer reports, Real Madrid may break the bank to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Porto are in a three way battle to sign Brazilian Bernard.
Real Madrid to offer 50 million Euros for Arturo Vidal
According to German source Kicker, Real Madrid may launch an ambitious bid to lure away Arturo Vidal from Juventus. It is being reported that Luca Modric, who had a mixed first season in Santiago Bernabeu, may be shipped out in order to bring the Chilean in. Juventus fought off stiff competition from Bayern Munich to bag Vidal from Bayer Leverkusen two seasons back. Since arriving in Turin Vidal has well and truly established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world playing an important part in Juventus’ back to back Serie A titles. He was also selected as Juve’s player of the season in 2012-13 and has seen his value increase five times in just two seasons. Vidal’s salary is still significantly less at under 3 million Euros per year and there has been talks that Juventus will offer him an improved contract soon.
Real Madrid will reportedly offer 50 million Euros to rope Arturo Vidal but it is unlikely Juventus will budge, regardless of the amount of money offered. Vidal is himself well settled in Turin and about to hit his peak form. Recent records show that Juventus made the most money from last season’s Champions League and with most of the major transfers already done the club is in no need to sell one of its most important players to raise transfer funds. Juventus have never been a selling club and with a number of players already earmarked for a move away from Turin it is highly improbable that the club will let Vidal leave.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Porto in Bernard tug of war
Brazilian wonder-kid Bernard has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in this summer’s market with a number of clubs across Europe aiming for his signature. In recent weeks he has been linked with a flurry of clubs but it seems like London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal will be involved in a three way fight with FC Porto for him. Atletico Mineiro president had already stated that they will not be looking to block Bernard’s transfer but made it clear any dealing will be made only when the Copa Libertadores final finished. Atletico Mineiro are currently trailing 2-0 from the first leg of the final against Olimpia but they will host the Paraguayans in a bid to overturn the deficit on 24th July. It is being expected that Bernard will then fly to his future club over the weekend to complete the transfer.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain seems to have hit a barrier after Napoli entered the race to sign the Argentine for a significantly large transfer fee which the Gunners were not willing to pay. The Londoners may turn to the 21 million pound worth pint sized Brazilian as a backup. Arsene Wenger has recently denied reports that he was a transfer target but the Frenchman has often been coy about his targets in past. Tottenham Hotspur are also expected to try and get his signature as the technically gifted Bernard suits Andre Villas-Boas’ system well. However, it seems like Bernard may have some contractual issues due to third party ownership, very common for young Brazilian talents and FC Porto may swoop in to take advantage of that. Porto have historically been a happy hunting ground for Brazilians due to similarities in culture and should there be complications with Bernard’s contract they may become favourites to land him.