For a while now, rumours have been doing the rounds linking Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal with a possible departure from Bayern Munich to Chelsea.
Much of the chat up until now has centred on the excellent relationship between Vidal and incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte.
The men worked together at Juventus, and they’ve both gone on the record to express their affection for one another.
Conte once famously told the press “if I ever go to war I’d take Vidal with me.”
Vidal recently reciprocated that comment, saying “I have always said if I go to war I would take Conte with me. We will see what happens.”
Vidal’s availability is hugely questionable, however, as the 28-year-old Chilean signed a four-year contract at Bayern last summer following a £31m transfer from Juventus.
Nevertheless, Italian website Calcio Mercato are today claiming that Vidal is once again a possible summer signing for the Pensioners.
Unfortunately Calcio Mercato don’t seem to have any new information which would indicate that Vidal to Chelsea is a goer, and yet the story is being shared by fans of the Blues.
Calcio Mercato also link Chelsea to Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
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The Vidal story, however, showed be taken with a large sack of salt, following quotes given by the player to ESPN this week. Vidal told the American media company:
Thanks to all the effort I have put in over time I’m now at the best team in the world. I hope to remain [at Bayern] until I retire.