Manchester United and Arsenal target Arturo Vidal is on the verge of completing a €40 million move to Bayern Munich according to reports in Italy.
The Chilean midfielder is on holiday after helping his country claim their first ever Copa America title on home soil, and is expected to complete his switch to Germany when he returns.
According to newspaper La Stampa, the 28-year-old has agreed a four year contract worth €6.5 million to join Pep Guardiola's side. A fee has been finalised and will be around €40 million, plus a further €5 million in add-ons.
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The news brings to an end a long-running saga involving Manchester United, while Arsenal having also been heavily linked with the dynamic midfielder in recent months.
The Red Devils reportedly lodged a bid for Vidal last summer but ultimately the deal was derailed because Juventus wanted to keep him and there were doubts over the condition of his knee, which required surgery prior to the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
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Bayern appear to be moving to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger, who completed a move to Manchester United earlier this week. The 30-year-old was in the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and hasn't been offered new terms so decided to pull the trigger on a £15 million switch to Old Trafford.
Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich is already in Munich to discuss personal terms and the deal could be announced in the coming days.
Vidal's summer ended better that it started after he was arrested for allegedly causing a crash in his Ferrari while driving under the influence of alcohol at the start of the Copa America.
He was allowed to remain with the Chile squad and helped them defeat Argentina in the final on penalties - their first title in the 99-year history of the competition.
Juventus appear willing to let him leave in part because of his troublesome reputation and also because they have already signed Sami Khedira on a free transfer from Real Madrid. The German was linked with a move to Arsenal before completing his move to Turin earlier in the summer.
Manchester United essentially had the choice of chasing three top midfielders this summer - Vidal, Schweinsteiger and Khedira.
The pulled the trigger on Schweinsteiger in part because of his close relationship with boss Louis Van Gaal, but also because of the experience he can bring as they re-enter the Champions League with a massively changed squad.
Vidal is younger and more dynamic that Schweinsteiger but comes with a questionable knee - he was subbed off in all but 13 of his league starts last term - and his reputation meant there could have been fireworks with Van Gaal and his hard-line approach. Plus he is much more expensive.
Khedira has spent a lot of time on the sidelines injured but is a classy operator at full fitness. Only time will tell if they made the right decision.