Barcelona have reportedly agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal ahead of a £27 million transfer.
According to Ed Aarons and Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian, the Chile international has also passed a medical ahead of a switch to the Camp Nou, bringing an end to a three-year spell at Bayern.
“Inter Milan had been seen as the front-runners for his signature but have now made an ambitious approach to sign Luka Modric from Real Madrid,” the report noted.
The article added that Barcelona did look to Paris Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot as a possible option to strengthen their midfield, although the Ligue 1 club were said to be unwilling to let the France international go. Barca, it appears, have turned their attentions to Vidal instead.
With the player now 31, there’s little doubt this transfer is with the short term in mind for the Blaugrana. However, when Vidal is at his best he remains one of the standout midfielders anywhere in the world.
Former United States international Stuart Holden believes Barcelona have struck a brilliant deal
Arturo Vidal to Barcelona is a total steal. Knee injury curtailed his involvement end of last season, but when fit one of top MF’s in World.
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) August 2, 2018
Following the departure of Paulinho and Andres Iniesta this summer, it’s not a massive shock Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has sought to strengthen his midfield options.
Vidal is no stranger to the big stage either, having excelled in spells at Munich and Juventus. He’s been on a title-winning team for the last seven years in succession, with three of those triumphs coming in Germany and four in Italy…