Done Deal: Arturo Vidal Joins FC Barcelona


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Arturo Vidal has found a new home.

The Chilean midfielder has joined FC Barcelona after an express negotiation with Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga champions were keen to part ways with the Chilean international during the transfer window, and Barcelona took advantage of that. Just like they did with Malcom and AS Roma, this time Los Blaugranas have beaten Inter Milan in the race for the services of the former Juventus star.

Spanish outlets SPORT and Mundo Deportivo have also confirmed the deal.

No details of the deal have been announced yet, but it is believed that Barcelona will pay around €30 million to Bayern Munich in order to acquire the Chilean. One of Vidal’s priorities was to win the UEFA Champions League, and his chances have grown considerably following this move.

The Chilean will have to battle with several players for a spot in the starting XI, though, as he will compete with the likes of Ivan Rakitic, Arthur and Andre Gomes for a CM spot alongside Sergio Busquets. That is a crowded midfield, but speaks volumes of the depth Los Blaugranas have in the middle of the pitch.

Vidal leaves Bayern having won three Bundesliga titles, two German Super Cup titles, and one DFB Pokal title. He will be the third Chilean player to feature for FC Barcelona after Alexis Sanchez and Claudio Bravo.