AC Milan have made a failed bid for Arturo Vidal according to the German club’s Sporting Director Rudi Voller.
The runners-up in the Bundesliga behind Borussia Dortmund value the Chilean, a vital reason for the club’s return to the UEFA Champions League, but are entertaining offers for the 24-year old midfielder.
“We are keen to hold on to Arturo, but we could cash in on him if a big money offer from abroad comes in. AC Milan’s €10m offer is not high enough for us, though,” Voller told German newspaper Bild.
Milan are looking at options for the left side of midfield as they need to replace Juventus-bound Andrea Pirlo. Vidal is seen as a prime candidate for that position.
The youngster has been a star at the BayArena since he arrived in 2007 after two years with Colo-Colo. This past season, he was moved from defensive midfield to central midfield and netted ten goals, the most on the team in domestic league play.
With Vidal leading the way, the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since reaching the Round of 16 in the 2004-05 campaign. That year, they lost 6-2 on aggregate to eventual champions Liverpool in the Last 16.
It was initially reported that Milan and Genoa were continuing their business together by pursuing the Chilean international on a co-ownership basis, but both Milan CEO Adriano Galliani and Genoa president Enrico Preziosi have denied interest. This came before Milan’s believed rejected bid which is five million euros underneath Leverkusen’s asking price.
If these reports are true and Milan are keen on a move for Vidal, a much more affordable player than the likes of fellow speculated targets Bastian Schweinsteiger, Cesc Fabregas, and Marek Hamsik, they will face competition from Hamsik’s club Napoli.
A somewhat rival of Milan and an entrant in the Champions League after their third place Serie A finish, the Naples club are looking to boost their midfield and are reportedly very interested in Vidal.
Vidal’s name is added to the list of many midfielders linked with Milan this offseason. Assuming that all the speculated names are truly targets, which ones would you want to see at AC Milan?