Arturo Vidal & Bayern Munich
According to the latest edition of leading German magazine Kicker, Bayern Munich are already planning for the summer transfer window.
Bayern are once again a shoo-in to win the Bundesliga this season.
Having struggled in the early part of the campaign under Carlo Ancelotti, Jupp Heynckes has turned around Bayern’s season. They are 18 points clear of second placed Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bavarians will also be confident of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals after drawing Besiktas in the last-16.
Bayern have already started their summer recruitment policy agreeing a deal for Schalke’s Leon Goretzka.
Goretzka’s move to the Allainz Arena in the summer was confirmed in the January transfer window.
Kicker believe that Goretzka’s arrival will push either Thiago Alcantara or Arturo Vidal out the exit door.
And, according to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Vidal is the likelier player to be sold.
For the record, Vidal is contracted to Bayern Munich until the end of the 2018/2019 season and earns 7.5 million euros per campaign.
Tomorrow's Kicker cover with Goretzka, Thiago and Vidal and 'one is too many' – Suggesting that either Vidal or Thiago is likely to be sold in the summer. pic.twitter.com/719W3LB5AZ
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 7, 2018
It will be @kingarturo23 who will be sold
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 8, 2018
Man United or Chelsea?
When considering where Vidal could go, Man United and Chelsea seem like possible suitors.
Chelsea’s advantage could hinge on the future of Antonio Conte.
Conte and Vidal previously worked together at Juventus.
The manager and midfielder formed a special bond in Turin. Indeed, Conte have often said that if he had to go into battle he’d bring Vidal along with him.
During their time together at Juventus (2011-2014) Conte and Vidal won three successive Serie A titles.
But could Man United make a move instead? Michael Carrick will retire from United in the summer, and it’s unclear whether Marouane Fellaini will be in Manchester at the start of next season.
Yet, will Premier League teams want to sign Vidal even if he’s up for sale?
The Chilean has a history of being a difficult character. With a reputation for drinking, gambling and partying, teams like Chelsea or Man United may steer clear altogether.