Versatile Vidal the perfect player for Pep - here's why

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Bayern Munich chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club have agreed a deal for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, subject to a medial.

Vidal's move to Bayern is their second high-profile acquisition of the summer following Douglas Costa's move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Chilean's capture could prove to be one of Pep Guardiola's most crucial pieces of business since he has taken over the reins at Bayern; one that could help re-build a side somewhat deflated by poor European performances over the past two years.


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Vidal's move may be seen as a like-for-like replacement for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who completed a move to Manchester United last week, but in truth Vidal offers so much more - a player who will bring relentless tenacity, unparalleled versatility and various other qualities.

It is no hidden secret that Guardiola enjoys extracting versatility from every player in his Bayern squad. Phillip Lahm has been converted into a central midfielder while players such as Javi Martinez and David Alaba are both well renowned for being deployed in both midfield and defence.

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It's a trademark which symbolises Guardiola's career thus far at Bayern and now he has another player who will fulfil this philosophy effortlessly - Vidal is the complete, modern midfielder.

As a midfielder he can be deployed anywhere effectively, as an attacking option he can be lethal with his well timed runs and clinical finishing - no midfielder has scored more goals in Serie A since 2012 (28).

Defensively he again is more than capable of performing a job to a high standard than most, with boundless energy and a great tackling ability - no midfielder completed more tackles in the 2015 Champions League (45).

He is sometimes even used out wide for his national side Chile and therein lies the true essence of what he will bring to Bayern: tactical flexibility and essential squad depth.

Bayern suffered at times last season without their wingers Arjern Robben and Franck Ribery, most notably in the games against Barcelona.

While Vidal may not possess the pace and dribbling of these players, what he will provide is an energetic presence when Bayern sorely need it by pressing other teams relentlessly in crucial areas of the pitch.

An easy way of describing Vidal is that he is the perfect Pep player; a player that Guardiola can manipulate to fulfil his tactical philosophies.

He may not be the most spectacular player to ever grace a football pitch, but for consistency, leadership and the sheer will to win very few are in the same bracket as Vidal.

Just don't drink too many German beers before you drive, Arturo.

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