Chelsea have been given a boost in their Arturo Vidal chase as the Chilean midfielder is still to sign a new deal with Bayern Munich that stretches beyond the next summer.
Antonio Conte, who is an admirer of Vidal, has reportedly already made contact with Bayern regarding the possible transfer of the player to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Vidal, 30, seems to be keeping his options open as his contract runs out in 2019. He told German publication Kicker recently (via the Star): “I’ll stay here until the summer, then we’ll see what happens.”
Reports suggest that Conte has already discussed this with the Chelsea board, and they have agreed to make an approach. Vidal won’t be any cheap though, and despite his advancing age he might cost Chelsea something in the region of £50-60 million.
His salary demands are also quite extravagant, but Conte would be more than happy to pay out the player’s estimation of his services – around £250,000 a week.
Vidal is also on good terms with Conte, having worked with him at Juventus between 2011 and 2014. He has been quoted saying about Conte: “I have also said if I go to war I would take Conte with me.”
Chelsea will, however, face competition from Manchester City and Inter Milan, while Bayern are unlikely to let go of their star before acquiring a good replacement. They have already identified Schalke’s Leon Goretzka as potential replacement.
Vidal has played 73 games for Bayern since joining them in 2015, scoring 13 goals in the process.