World Cup Scouting Report: Arturo Vidal

The Chile talisman had admitted his future at Juventus is up in the air, with both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger publicly voicing their admiration for the midfielder recently
By Alex Young

Chile's stern defence and attacking flair have been one of the most eye-catching spectacles in the World Cup, with efficient wins over Australia and reigning world champions Spain in the group stage.

A last-16 clash with hosts Brazil was the prize so with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United linked with Chile and Juventus talisman, Arturo Vidal, Goal runs the rule over the midfielder...


Vidal's influence was felt as early as the second minute by winning a free kick inside Brazil's half after Thiago Silva got too tight, with Fernandinho heading the ball clear.

However, the midfielder lost Silva inside the penalty area as the PSG man flicked the corner delivery on for David Luiz to turn in for the opening goal.

As tensions and stakes raised, Vidal made his presence known on the half-hour mark after a strong clash with Brazil golden boy Neymar - prompting anger from Luiz Felipe Scolari and a long discussion with the referee Howard Webb.

And Vidal showed the other aspect of his game with a perfectly weighted one-touch return pass to Juventus team-mate Mauricio Isla inside the penalty area to set up Charles Aranguiz for a shot at goal as the game entered the last 30 minutes.

The midfielder was withdrawn three minutes from time, amid concerns over his match fitness, as the game entered extra time.

Overall it was a frustrating performance for Vidal, who showed glimpses of his talent but will perhaps rue his lack of sharpness throughout as Chile went on to be knocked out on penalties.


Any side in need for a tough-tackling, yet creative, midfield spark. In particular Manchester United and Arsenal.

Vidal has created a name for himself at Juventus with quick movement through the channels, which is often followed by a ferocious shot, creates chances but also leaves room for team-mates to operate in.

Ever since the departures of Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane from Arsenal and United, respectively, the two sides have long been talked about as missing a midfield enforcer who can dictate a game.

In addition, with question marks surrounding Yaya Toure's future at Manchester City, the Chilean could well step into the Ivorian's shoes if the former leaves the Etihad Stadium this summer.

Only Udinese midfielder Allan boasted a better tackle-per-game ratio to Vidal in Serie A last season while, further forward, the 27-year-old added a further 11 goals and five assists.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has even used Vidal as an emergency centre-back on occasion, further emphasising his adaptability.


Vidal's future at Juventus is very much in doubt, with Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal publicly voicing their admiration in the past.

The United manager admitted ahead of the tournament that he "'always wanted to buy Vidal" before he joined Juventus in 2011 and the 27-year-old has not moved to quash speculation.

"Will I stay at Juventus? I do not know," he said recently. "I just think about the World Cup and the national team now. After the World Cup we will see what will be my future."

Subsequently, Vidal has been one of a number of players linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer as the club look to re-establish themselves among the Premier League title contenders.

Ander Herrera has already joined in a £28 million move, followed shortly by Luke Shaw for £30m, and a similar fee - rising to over £40m - has been touted for Vidal.

Wenger recently described Vidal as "one of the best midfielders in the world," prompting talk over a possible record-breaking move to the Emirates Stadium, but Juventus are expected to demand a huge sum for one of their prized assets.