Could Club America afford to sign Arturo Vidal?

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Not for the first timeveteran Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal has been linked with a move to Mexico and Club América in particular. The 35-year-old had a stellar career at several of Europe’s top clubs, counting Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter among his former employers. And now there is once again speculation that he could feature in the Liga MX before reaching the end of his career.

Arturo Vidal’s Flamengo deal valued at $3.69m over 18 months

The Chile international only joined Brazilian side Flamengo in July this year, signing an 18-month contract with the Rio de Janeiro outfit. Without surprise, Vidal is one of the highest paid in the Brazilian Serie A, with his contract at Fla which will earn him a total of $3.69 million, which equates to $205,000 per month.

The midfielder has already talked about playing in Mexico and stated that a move to America would be his preference because he has fond memories of watching their games when he was a child. But wages are likely to be an issue for the Águilaswith Vidal having already taken a significant pay cut – he reportedly made 6.5 million euros ($6.33 million) per season at Inter – when he joined Flamengo.

Club América would have to pay around 2 million euros (1.95 million euros) to buy Vidal now

América would probably match the Chilean’s contract in Brazil and would no doubt have to pay a lot of extras on top of his base salary. In addition, unless they are willing to wait for the player to come to the end of his contract in 2024, they should also pay a fee for his services. According to Transfermarkt, a site specializing in transfers and market values, Vidal is currently worth 2 million euros ($1.95 million))a value that will go down and down as his contract ends.

Would America be ready to break the bank for Vidal now or wait until 2024? Currently leading the Apertura tournament in the Liga MX, they’re doing pretty well without him, but his signing would definitely add some stardust to the club and the league.

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