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Why Chelsea simply must not make a move for £56m-rated midfielder

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t sure what to make of reports linking Chelsea with a move for Arturo Vidal…

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio (via the Sun), Chelsea are preparing a move for Arturo Vidal, with the Chilean already learning English ahead of the move.

It is certainly a deal that would turn heads and get people talking, but is it really best for Chelsea? Our landlord doesn’t think so…

After all, £56 million is a lot money, and any transfer of that size would break the £50 million paid for Fernando Torres. In the modern game, prices are only going to go up, but even now – that seems like a fairly extortionate amount of money. When you consider that N’Golo Kante was signed for around the £30 million mark – that money involved begins to come into context, and Vidal becomes poor value for money.

You also have to consider his age. Vidal is 29-years-old, meaning that in reality, he only has 2 or 3 years left in him at the highest level. Antonio Conte-led sides are focused around hard work and high pressing – and once you hit 30, your ability to do that reduces dramatically. You also have to consider the cost once again. Is it really worth spending close to £60 million on a player that you can only get a few years out of? It is a very tough thing to justify.

It isn’t like Chelsea’s midfield is in desperate need of a midfield enforcer, either. The duo of Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante have done well this season, whilst you have Cesc Fabregas also available, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah both hoping to get a chance under Conte this season. Chelsea, in truth, have a perfectly balanced midfield – and Vidal isn’t a necessary purchase.

In reality, a deal for Vidal makes very little sense – especially when a number like £56 million is involved. Antonio Conte would be far wiser to invest elsewhere on the field.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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