Bayern Munich confirm deal to sign Arturo Vidal

‘If everything goes according to plan, he can start training next week’

Juventus’ Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is set to transfer to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty Images

Juventus’ Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is set to transfer to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Italy’s Juventus to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, the German club’s CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge confirmed on Thursday.

“I can confirm that we have with both parties, Juventus and the player, reached an agreement. What is missing is the medical and the signature of the contract,” Rummenigge told reporters during the team’s trip to China.

Vidal, no stranger to the Bundesliga having played for Bayer Leverkusen for four seasons until 2011, has won four straight Italian league titles and helped Juventus reach the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Barcelona.

The 28-year-old could join up with his Bayern team mates as early as next week, Rummenigge said.

“If everything goes according to plan, he can start training next week,” he added, without giving details of a fee or length of contract for the versatile Chilean.

Vidal is set to become Bayern’s second major signing of the transfer window after Brazilian attacking midfielder Douglas Costa joined the club at the start of July.

The Bavarians, however, have also sold club icon Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.

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