The Premier League is still two rounds from completion, but for Chelsea they are already becoming inundated with transfer rumours. The arrival of Antonio Conte seems to have sparked a deluge of links, predominately regarding his old players.
During his three-year spell in charge of Juventus, Conte managed some world-class stars and many are now being associated with Chelsea. The latest star to be drawn into the frame proves Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.
While the 28-year-old now sports a Bayern Munich jersey, Vidal played under Conte for all but one of his years in Turin. There can be little doubting that this a man for whom Chelsea should vie to sign and no matter how ambitious, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
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In recent years, Vidal has garnered a considerable amount of plaudits. During his spell at Juventus, the Chilean bagged four consecutive Scudettos with the first three of which being alongside Conte.
Vidal even galvanised the Old Lady to the 2015 Champions League final, but the side was ultimately outplayed by a rampant Barcelona. Nonetheless, he proceeded to win the 2015 Copa America for Chile in which he was named Man of the Match in the final.
Since then, Vidal has plied his trade with Bayern Munich. In his inaugural season in Germany, the 28-year-old has scored seven times and collated eight assists in 45 appearances. However, this week did see Bayern dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid on away goals.
On the whole, the Chilean is considered one of the best holding midfielders in world football and proves the engine of any side. With tough tackling, a sound football brain and a mean set-piece in his locker, Vidal wields great respect in European football.
It is for these aforementioned achievements and characteristics that Vidal should prove an extremely appetising prospect for Chelsea. The Metro has been one of a number of publications to link the ex-Juventus man to Stamford Bridge.
If any move is to be discussed, there can be little doubting that Chelsea will need to spend big. Furthermore, it must be hoped that Vidal is willing to sacrifice Champions League football for at least a year which may prove unlikely considering he is yet to win the competition.
Therefore, the Conte link proves crucial and for this reason, a transfer isn’t improbable. It provides enough of a slither of hope that Chelsea should pursue the Chilean given his previously successful working relationship with the Italian manager.
Moreover, it would prove a lucratively fruitful investment for the Blues. Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel have experienced stagnant campaigns and the west London side is crying out for a defensive midfielder.
While a move seems unlikely, Chelsea can hold some hope that Conte may be able to charm Vidal back under his wing. After all, it seems too good of a proposition to not at least explore.
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