Real Madrid are set to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal on a five-year contract - and could complete the deal in the hours after this evening’s Copa America final between Chile and Argentina.
This is according to Chilean website La Tercera, who understand that Real Madrid officials have travelled to Santiago to secure the 28-year-old’s signature.
It was reported last week by Spanish newspaper Marca - according to talkSPORT - that Juventus had struck a deal with an unnamed club regarding the sale of the combative midfielder, and it seems Real Madrid were the team in question.
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Vidal has also been strongly linked with Manchester United and Arsenal in recent weeks, but both clubs decided against making a formal move for the Chilean for different reasons.
United reportedly abandoned interest in the player following his arrest for drink driving during the Copa America last month, while Arsene Wenger wants to bring Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho to the Emirates Stadium instead, according to the London Evening Standard.
Real Madrid's marquee summer signing
With Paul Pogba having agreed a move to Barcelona - the French star will sign for the Catalan giants in the summer of 2016 - Real Madrid were under considerable pressure to make a marquee signing.
They will appease their expectant fans, who watched on as rivals Barcelona lifted all three major trophies at the end of last season, with the signing of Vidal.
The former Bayer Leverkusen star has returned to top form over the past few months and will add some much-needed steel to Real Madrid’s midfield following the departure of Sami Khedira, who joined Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer.
In the meantime, Vidal will be fully focused on helping Chile end their 99-year wait for the Copa America title this evening.
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