Bayern Munich have secured the services of Chile international, Arturo Vidal after his club, Juventus agreed a €37m (£25.9m) fee with the German giants, according to the Guardian.
The 28-year-old who helped guide Chile to glory at the Copa America earlier this month has agreed a four-year deal worth £90,000 a week at the Allianz Arena having spent as many years at the Serie A outfit.
Vidal who won seven trophies during his spell at the Turin-based outfit including four Serie A titles is expected to travel to Munich tomorrow in order to have a medical, with Bayern set to announce the deal before the weekend.
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This move comes after Bayern allowed long-serving midfielder and cult-figure, Bastian Schweinsteiger, to move to Manchester United on a three-year deal last week after the two clubs agreed a £12.6m fee for the Germany captain.
With Pep Guardiola under mounting pressure to guide Bayern to a hat-trick of trophies in what could be his last season in charge of the Reds, the former Barcelona manager has acted quickly in order to bolster his midfield options ahead of the new Bundesliga campaign which is set to kick-off on August 14.
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Indeed, this switch is the result of a week full of negotiations, with Juventus ultimately agreeing to the move with Vidal having only two years left on his contract at the Italian giants.
Time and money matters
Vidal’s agent, Fernando Felicevich has been in Munich to finalise the deal which will see the 28 year old return to the Bundesliga after the Chilean spent four years at Bayer Leverkusen between 2007 and 2011.
It is also understood that Vidal told relatives and close friends that he wanted to leave Juventus for Bayern following his involvement in Chile’s victory against Argentina in the recent Copa America final, after it emerged that Massimiliano Allegri was looking to change the face of his side.
Vidal’s move to Bayern has been the topic of mass debate in both the German and the European press with several former players and managers heralding the qualities of a player who is well-known for his dominative play and gritty attitude.
Jupp Heynckes who worked with Vidal during his two year spell at Leverkusen between 2009 and 2011 insists that Bayern are fortunate to be signing Vidal, whilst also believing that the midfielder has all the attributes to take the 2013 European champions to the next level.
The view in Germany
The 70 year old manager who guided Bayern to a hat-trick of trophies in 2013 told German newspaper Die Welt: “It would be a perfect purchase for Bayern. Arturo is a great character and he has developed perfectly.
"He is fantastic in winning balls and in one and one tackles. He also is not afraid of getting involved and that also makes him so dangerous in front of goal.
"Arturo is one who lives for football; otherwise he wouldn’t be able to play at his level. He is tactically gifted and is a great athlete.”
Hanno Balitsch who played with Vidal at the 2002 Champions League finalists between 2008 and 2010 also believes that Bayern have signed a player who the club have been missing since storming to domestic and European success during 2013.
Balitsch who is working as a pundit for the German broadcast company, ZDF, after his 16-year career at FSV Frankfurt last season also insists that Vidal will fit perfectively into Guardiola’s side, whilst believing that the Santiago-born midfielder was the missing component in the Spaniard’s plans.
The 34-year-old also told Die Welt: “He is the type of player who Bayern needed after winning the treble in 2013. Arturo is always looking to win balls, because he is always looking for one on one situations.
"He is also the type of player that Bayern need in order to play at a top level when it comes to defining small details.”
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