Barcelona sign Arturo Vidal
One of the more surprising summer transfers has been Arturo Vidal’s move from Bayern Munich to Barcelona.
On Friday the Catalans announced they had reached an agreement to sign the midfielder from Bayern with a deal worth a reported 20 million euros.
Having turned 31 earlier this year, Bayern were keen to offload Vidal who was also struggling to break into their starting line-up.
Will Vidal prove a success at the Camp Nou?
Some fear Vidal may not have the legs for Barcelona, literally, due to his previous knee problems.
Arturo Vidal was offered one month ago to Manchester City and Manchester United by his agents but both clubs discard the signement. His age and his knee (two surgeries) were the reason of the refuse even the price was reasonable. @elchiringuitotv
— Jose Alvarez Haya (@10JoseAlvarez) August 4, 2018
Arturo Vidal vs Leo Messi
Since Barcelona confirmed Vidal’s arrival, many fans are wondering how the Chilean will get on with Leo Messi in the locker room.
Vidal has previously made a series of disparaging comments about Messi.
Back in 2016, Vidal memorably said the following about Barcelona’s icon:
Do I fear Messi or does he fear me? I don’t fear him, but you have to ask him if he was left with fear.
I’ve beaten him in all the finals — and if we were to meet again, we [Chile] would win again. The Argentinians dream about me!
Social media reaction to Vidal’s Barcelona move
* Arturo Vidal walking into Barcelona locker rooms *
Leo Messi: *Looks at Vidal, Flashbacks of Copa America 2016*
— Mi12on⚽️ (@miltonthegr8) August 4, 2018
*Arturo Vidal plays for Bayern*
Sport: 'Vidal, the drunk of Chile'
*Arturo Vidal plays for Barcelona*
Sport: 'Vidal, the Messi of midfielders' pic.twitter.com/3tC8y0wBwg
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) August 4, 2018
This gonna be awkward. pic.twitter.com/57SL388xkd
— M•A•J¹³ (@Ultra_Suristic) August 3, 2018
Live scenes as Messi hears Vidal news… He was last seen near pacific ocean escaping from Barcelona pic.twitter.com/l8RxmrNEcV
— S A M (@Cruyffootball) August 2, 2018
Vidal on Leo after Argentina lost to Croatia: “It’s difficult to speak about Messi because we all know he’s the best in the world, but the Argentinian national team doesn’t accommodate him, nor do they help him play his football, and that’s why it’s hard” pic.twitter.com/T1QBvHtNMT
— Juan (@_socraticjuan) August 4, 2018