As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, La Liga champions Barcelona have set their sights on a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.
South American superstar
Vidal, an experienced 31-year-old Chilean international, joined Bayern from Italian giants Juventus in the summer of 2015 for a fee in the region of 40 million Euro.
The all-action box-to-box powerhouse has long been regarded as one of world football’s finest midfielders, with his sensational performances for his country during their back-to-back Copa America triumphs in 2015 and 2016 having only served to reinforce this widely-shared opinion.
However, rather suprisingly, Vidal has nevertheless been persistently linked with an exit from the Alliaz Arena over the last 12 months, with Manchester United and Chelsea having long been touted as potential destinations for the South American.
The last couple of weeks have seen a new front-runner emerge for the veteran, though, in the form of Serie A outfit Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri are known to be on the lookout for reinforcements in the middle of the park, with reports stemming from Italy having suggested that there is strong mutual interest between the Italian giants and Vidal.
But, with conflicting claims now emerging regarding the possibility of Inter securing a shock deal for Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Vidal is said to have been put on the back-burner for the time being.
Camp Nou bound?
And, as per the aforementioned report from Mundo Deportivo this afternoon, Inter’s hesitance to push a deal for the Chilean over the line could prove costly, amid claims that La Liga powerhouse Barcelona have entered the fray for Vidal.
The Blaugrana have lost both Andres Iniesta and Paulinho from their midfield ranks this summer (with Andre Gomes also expected to depart), with Arthur the only addition to the Blaugrana’s options in the middle of the park to this point in the transfer window.
As such, Vidal is now reportedly being eyed by the Spanish champions, with Ernesto Valverde’s recent revelation that he is keen on a midfielder who ‘can get forward into the box’ very much lining up with a move for the Bayern star:
‘We’re open to any possibility. It’s true that we’ve had some big departures in midfield so it’s likely that we will make more signings.’
‘We want players that fit our style. We need people that can generate play through the middle – and if they can get forward into the box, too, even better.’