One of the hottest stories on Wednesday evening was the news that Bayern Munich had all-but closed a deal with Juventus to sign Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio was one of the first people out of the blocks with the story, and he broke down the current money talks in the negotiations: Bayern had bid €40m for Vidal, but Juventus are looking for €45m.
With only €5m difference, Di Marzio said “the deal could be completed soon”.
Chilean news outlet La Cuarta also reported the Vidal to Bayern deal, claiming the Bavarians beat Real Madrid to signing the midfielder.
La Cuarta labelled the talks with Real a “soap opera”, however Madrid were “clear” in their intent in pursuing the deal, and they reportedly met Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich on multiple occasions, before and after the Copa America.
Now, Germany’s Sport1 have not only confirmed Real Madrid’s interest in Vidal, but also that Arsenal were trying to sign the midfielder this summer.
According to Sport1, Arsenal’s interest evapourated after Vidal crashed his Ferrari in a drunk driving incident during the Copa America.
Sport1 also challenge La Cuarta’s version of Real’s interest, saying that Florentino Perez vetoed any move for Vidal in the wake of his DUI.
For the record, no deal has yet been officially confirmed by either club, or the player, however it still looks odds-on that Vidal will join Bayern any day now.
A tweet from Sport1’s Munich based journalist Christian Ortlepp, confirming Arsenal and Real’s interest in Vidal is below.
— Christian Ortlepp (@OrtivorOrt) July 16, 2015