Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has posted a message to the fans of the club on Instagram, ahead of the completion of his move to Bayern Munich.
Vidal will sign for the Bundesliga champions as a replacement for veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger who left the club last week to join Manchester United.
The Chile international star was instrumental in the Bianconeri’s successful 2014-15 season, helping them to the Serie A and Copa Italia titles, as well as, a Champions League final place.
Vidal has also been heavily linked to Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester United, but the Bavarian giants have clinched his signature. In his message, he thanked the Juventus fans, saying they were always the best with him and he will miss them a lot.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was hoping to sign the box-to-box midfielder, as he wants to make his midfield formidable (with Matic and Vidal as partners).
This recent set back has led the Premier League club to look to Zenit’s Axel Witsel, who club owner Roman Abrahamovich has flown in to Russia to complete a deal for.
Only last week, rumours were also rife that Real Madrid also have signed the 28-year old, and the player would have the No.23 on the back of his jersey. Express also claimed that the player will sign a five-year deal with Los Blancos, but now Madrid appear to have pulled out of the race.
Vidal was also thought to be on the verge of signing for Chelsea London rivals, Arsenal in June. The Independent had claimed the deal was 90% done, and the midfielder will be joining national team mate Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates.
Manchester United also appeared to be close to landing Vidal last summer, only for boss Louis Van Gaal to pull the plug on the deal as he was becoming skeptic due to the former Bayern Leverkusen ace’s knee injury.
Meanwhile, Chelsea still have Vidal’s Juventus team mate Paul Pogba as a target, despite Mourinho claiming the club do not need him.
Arturo Vidal has won four Serie A titles during his time with Juventus, and he will be a huge addition to the Bayern team. He scored 7 goals, and won 74 tackles – the highest for any Juventus player in the 2014-15 campaign (Squawka).
Vidal is known to be a powerful, no-nonsense and hard-tackling defender. He was described by ex-Arsenal player, Freddie Ljunberg as someone who “fumes” whenever he loses the ball.