With Chelsea still looking for a replacement for Nemanja Matic, the Blues want Arturo Vidal but there’s one problem according to reports from Italy.
The 30-year-old is an archetype Antonio Conte signing and has flourished ever since his move from Juventus. Under Massimiliano Allegri, Pep Guardiola, and even Carlo Ancelotti, the Chilean international has turned into one of the best if not the best defensive midfielders in the world, winning multiple accolades along the way. With Chelsea losing Nemanja Matic and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling, they’ve want Arturo Vidal as their midfield destroyer.
With the Bavarians signing bringing in not one but two midfielders this season, it looks like Vidal’s time in the Bundesliga maybe over and Chelsea could swoop in. According to reports from Italian news outlet Football Italia, both AC Milan and Inter Milan have held talks with the Chilean amid reports that he’s concerned about his future post the World Cup.
However, with Chelsea leading the race for the 30-year-old, the report from the Daily Express, further adds that if the Stamford Bridge side somehow manages to keep Antonio Conte at the end of this season, they would be the prime candidate to sign the Chilean star. Both Vidal and Antonio Conte worked together for nearly three seasons before the Chelsea boss left to coach Italy and then later Chelsea.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Arturo Vidal made his way back to the Bundesliga a year after Antonio Conte left and flourished. However, now with Conte coming under serious pressure from the Chelsea board and fans, his complaining about the Blues’ transfer strategy hasn’t done the former Juventus boss any good, with Chelsea struggling in fifth. The reigning Premier League Champions trail the league leaders Manchester City by a massive 25 points and sit five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
Meanwhile, with Bayern Munich agreeing to a deal with Schalke 04’s Leon Goretzka with the German midfielder arriving next season on a free transfer, Arturo Vidal’s time at the club could be up. The Bavarians have already signed former Lyon central midfielder Corentin Tolisso during the summer and also have the La Masia graduate Thiago Alcantara to replace Vidal.
While Arturo Vidal certainly won’t be a long-term replacement, the Chilean could become a valuable asset to Antonio Conte’s side and may make them a force to be reckoned with again. However, that still leaves Chelsea with the job of finding a long-term replacement, especially if Tiemoue Bakayoko doesn’t manage to re-discover his Monaco title-winning form.