Barcelona agree Vidal switch in '30-million-euro deal'



Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract, the LaLiga club have announced.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Vidal's move to Barca is "a step away" while Catalan outlet Sport claim the Blaugrana have "a verbal agreement" with the 31-year-old midfielder.

A statement released by the club said: "Barcelona will shortly inform everyone about the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation ceremony".

Arturo Vidal bade a warm farewell to Bayern Munich as he relishes a new challenge at Barcelona.

According to Spanish newspapers Mundo Deportivo and AS and United Kingdom daily The Guardian, Barcelona are prepared to pay 30 million euros ($35m, Sh3.5 billion) for the box-to-box midfielder.

Barcelona had to move fast to sign Vidal as the player had also reportedly sparked interest from Inter Milan following the departure of their French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

With Inter appearing to close in on the Chilean global, Barcelona swooped in and snatched Vidal out from under the Italian club's nose, reportedly completing the deal for $35 million. However, injuries last season limited him to just 22 Bundesliga appearances, pushing Bayern to let him go.

Barca has already signed Arthur, Malcom and Clement Lenglet this close-season, while Andres Iniesta, Paulinho, Lucas Digne and Gerard Deulofeu are among those who have left.

Having signed Germany global Leon Goretzka, 23, on a free transfer from Schalke, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said earlier this week that they have too many midfielders.

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