Barcelona agree deal to sign Vidal from Bayern


Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 First Leg - Bayern Munich vs Besiktas - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - February 20, 2018 Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal in action REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, the two European giants announced on Friday.

The 31-year-old, who has played 100 games for Chile and scored 24 goals, will sign a three-year deal after having a medical in the next few days, Barca said in a statement.

Bayern added: "Arturo Vidal is leaving Bayern Munich with immediate effect to join Spanish Liga champions Barcelona. The clubs reached agreement on the transfer late on Friday evening."

No transfer fee was given but Spanish media reports said Barca will pay 18 million euros (16.02 million pounds), rising to 21 million euros, for the former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus player.

Vidal, who joined Bayern in 2015 from the Turin club, scored 22 goals in 124 appearances in Munich and won the German title three times, the German Cup and two domestic Supercups.

"Thank you to FC Bayern and all the fans," Vidal said. "I'd like to thank the club for giving me the chance to take on another new challenge with Barcelona.“

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: "...I wish to thank Arturo with all my heart for three fantastic years.

"Arturo made a significant contribution to the great successes we enjoyed in this time. He always led from the front in important matches, and we could always rely on him."

Vidal also enjoyed success at Juventus where he won four Serie A titles, the Italian Cup and two domestic Supercups after joining the Turin club from Leverkusen in 2011.

He played for Juve against Barca in the 2015 Champions League final where he was on the losing side in a 3-1 defeat.

(Reporting by Joseph Cassinelli in Madrid and Ken Ferris in London; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Football

Serie A may revive media stake sale plan but only with higher valuation - Agnelli
Soccer-English league wants domestic reforms after Super League fallout
Olympics-U.S. women to face Australia in women's football at Tokyo Games
Italy's Inter Milan says it's no longer part of Super League
Council of Europe official calls for discussion on Super League
Liverpool owner Henry apologises after Super League turmoil
UK soccer governance to be examined after Super League falters - minister
Italy's Inter Milan club is no longer interested in Super League project at moment - source
Players, fans hail 'beautiful day for football' as Super League unravels
Watford on the brink of promotion after beating Norwich

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers