Chile’s 2016 Footballer of the Year, Arturo Vidal is said to be Antonio Conte’s next transfer target.
Don Balon via Goal reports that the club is willing to shell out €50M for his highly coveted signature. Meanwhile, stories from Express and Daily Star shared that his (Vidal) transfer fee could reach £42M. Regardless of the amount, what is important is that the club is willing to spend.
As for the highly rated midfielder’s part, he is also open to moving out of Allianz Arena. He has long expressed his interest in playing for the Premier League after jumpstarting his career in Chile and transferring to Italy and just recently, Germany.
Moreover, there is no doubt that it is pretty difficult to disregard Conte’s invitation.
Vidal used to be a key member of Conte’s Juventus lineup where they won three consecutive Scudettos. Should the deal pushes through, this will be a reunion of some sort for the two of them.
In the meantime, the Bundesliga giant, Bayern, has no problems with selling. The squad is very much open to the said idea.
The willingness to let go of the midfielder can be attributed to their vision of capitalizing on younger players such Joshua Kimmich and Portugal’s new sensation, Renato Sanches.
Both players impressed during the recently concluded European Championship. Kimmich scored a crucial penalty in their nerve-wracking penalty shootout against Italy, whilst Sanchez gave Portugal the much needed speed and pace. Likewise, he has been involved in many of the team’s scoring opportunities.
Meanwhile, although this looks like an almost done deal, an early celebration is not warranted.
One of the conditions for the transfer is for Chelsea to ensure that Vidal gets to play in the Champions League next season. But with the Blues soaring high in the league table and enjoying a six-point lead over Liverpool, it looks like Vidal is indeed, on his way to Stamford Bridge.