Could Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal be the missing piece of Antonio Conte's Chelsea puzzle?
The Sun claim that Antonio Conte is seeking a reunion with his former Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, with the money from the sale of Oscar likely to fund a £34 million bid. Bayern Munich are likely to hold out for at least £40 million for the man who has missed just two Bundesliga games for the title favourites. The Chilean has also led his country to two Copa America victories but could now look to test his skills in the Premier League as he reaches the final years of the peak of his career at 29-years-old.
What would he bring to Chelsea?
Vidal could be the perfect partner for N’Golo Kante in midfield. Athletic and not afraid to put himself about, Vidal is a superb all round midfielder who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and sit deep in midfield to break up the opposition’s play. He also has another aspect to his game though and is hugely creative with a fine shot from distance. The Chilean may be controversial, but there is no doubting his quality.
Is a move likely?
The two got on well at Juventus and question marks have been raised over Vidal’s attitude by many in Germany, so it could be possible. Provided Chelsea maintain their current form, there would be no footballing reasons for Vidal not to make the move, but Bayern may want to find a replacement or negotiate a substantial fee before allowing him to depart for Stamford Bridge.
7/10 – It seems unlikely that this deal could be completed in January due to the fact that Bayern wouldn’t want to sell a key man mid-season, but it certainly seems a potential summer deal. Having missed out on Radja Nainggolan, Vidal would be a step up but also a harder deal to negotiate.
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