Juventus star Arturo Vidal has confirmed that he is leaving Juventus to join German champions Bayern Munich.
Arturo Vidal has ended speculation of his future by signing with Bayern Munich for around 28 million GBP, the player has confirmed in an interview with Chilean paper La Carta.
The Chilean had been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal FC in recent months, however, Juventus had denied that they had received any offer for the player.
Juventus had reportedly set a deadline of 31st July for Vidal to make his move and Bayern have won the race for his signature.
I am going to Bayern Munich
Speaking to Chile newspaper La Carta, Vidal confirmed: “I am going to Bayern Munich”.
Bayern have just sold Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and have moved swiftly to replace the German captain.
The 28-year-old joined Juventus in 2011 and has won four consecutive Serie A titles at the club.
It was reported last week by Sky Italia that Pep Guardiola had identified the Chilean to replace Schweinsteiger. Bayern had previously attempted to sign the midfielder in 2011, while he was still with German side Bayer Leverkusen, however, Vidal chose the Old Lady ahead of the Bavarians.
What will Vidal add to Bayern squad?
Vidal is one of the best midfielders in the world, and was a key ingredient of the Juventus side that reached the UEFA Champions League final and the Chile side that won the Copa America.
Guardiola has replaced Bastian Schweinsteiger with a player who is more combative and is better going forward, even if he may not have the same creativity and passing range. Bayern already have Xabi Alonso, Thiago Alacantra, and Mario Goetze alongwith Ribbery and Robben to compensate for the lost passing range and creativity.
Adding steel to the side is a very welcome move, indeed.