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Vidal could be a short-term fix for Manchester City’s defensive midfield puzzle

Vidal could be a short-term fix for Manchester City’s defensive midfield puzzle

Manchester City are continuing their search for a new midfielder after seeing Jorginho join Chelsea.

And one name that has come up as a potential alternative to the Brazilian-born Italy international is Bayern Munich’s Thiago.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is, of course, a huge admirer of Thiago having worked with him at Barcelona before signing the Spain international for Bayern Munich when he was in the Allianz Arena dugout.

Goal, however, reports Thiago is likely to cost a fee that Manchester City are not willing to pay.

Thiago’s team-mate Arturo Vidal, though, given his current contract situation, could also be an option worth looking at.

According to the Daily Mail, as well as Thiago, Bayern Munich are open to listening to offers for Vidal, whose current deal expires next summer.

At 31, £31.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Vidal would be a short-term fix to Guardiola’s defensive midfield dilemma. And albeit Vidal is more of a box-to-box midfielder than a defensive one, the Chilean is still more than capable of playing there.

Vidal is a complete central midfield player; he can tackle, pass, carry the ball and shoot. And having played under Guardiola, the Chile international would have no problem integrating into Manchester City’s team  – even in a less familiar role than what he is used to.

There is no guarantee Guardiola goes through with signing a midfielder this transfer window with most of the club’s rumoured targets being too expensive.

Vidal’s price tag, however, should be more reasonable and is something for Guardiola to possibly think about if he cannot wait until January or the next summer window to bring in another midfielder.

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