Bayern Munich might sell long-term Chelsea target, Arturo Vidal in the summer transfer window.
Bayern Munich has had a roller coaster beginning to the season. They recently defeated Der Klasiker rivals 3-1 but also suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. That loss prompted the Bayern board to relieve Ancelotti of his duties and appoint Jupp Heynckes. After the managerial change, Bayern is also looking to shake up their squad.
Kicker is reporting via Metro that Bundesliga champions might be willing to sell Arturo Vidal in the summer. This has alerted the English Champions Chelsea. Their manager Antonio Conte won three Serie A titles with Juventus during their time together in Italy.
Why does Bayern want to sell Vidal?
Kicker: #FCBayern unhappy with Arturo Vidal!
Internally, there are doubts whether Vidal still lives up to the high standards. His contract until 2019 does not make the situation any easier. pic.twitter.com/9LRxBAimJA
— Home Bayern (@HomeBayern___) November 9, 2017
As reported by Kicker, several prominent members of Bayern board are unhappy with the Chilean’s displays this season and may deem him surplus to requirements. His departure would not affect the club a lot given the recent acquisitions of Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, and Sebastian Rudy.
Arturo Vidal is turning 30 in May and this might be the Bavarian club’s last chance to get some cash from his sale. With Vidal going out of contract in 2019, waiting any longer would only reduce his market value. His off-field antics have also affected his media image which does not bode level with Bayern board.
Will Chelsea make a move for the Chilean?
Antonio Conte shared a great relationship with Arturo Vidal during their time in Turin. Vidal’s combative attitude perfectly complemented Conte’s style of play. It is no secret that Antonio Conte would love to be reunited with the Chilean. Chelsea brought Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater to offset the sale of Nemanja Matic to Chelsea this summer.
Buying a 30-year old in an already stacked position might also send a wrong signal to club’s youngsters. Still bringing in Vidal would give Chelsea’s midfield a major boost. His endless running and combative style would be perfect for the Premier League. It will be interesting to see whether Chelsea move for the Chilean or not.
It’s a sensible move on the part of Bayern to offload Arturo Vidal. His performances will only decline with his age. The box-to-box midfielder will need to mold his game a bit if he wants to continue playing at the top level and not burn out. Chelsea will do well to take him on a short-term deal. This sort of deal will not affect youth development at the club and also help bolster Chelsea’s midfield in the short term.
With Antonio Conte also in the mix, it would not be surprising if the move goes through by the end of next summer’s transfer window.