• Vidal joins Barca, thanks Bayern for sanctioning move

    Arturo Vidal

    Arturo Vidal bade a warm farewell to Bayern Munich as he relishes a new challenge at Barcelona.

    Chile midfielder Vidal has agreed to join Barca on a three-year deal, with just a medical remaining to conclude a transfer understood to be worth approximately €20-million.

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    The 31-year-old is Barca’s fourth major recruit of the close season following Brazilian midfielder Arthur’s arrival from Gremio, the capture of Bordeaux wing Malcom at Roma’s expense and defender Clement Lenglet’s switch from La Liga counterparts Sevilla.

    ‘Thanks to FC Bayern and all fans,’ Vidal said in a brief statement on the Bundesliga champions’ official website.

    ‘I really enjoyed the time in Munich. I would like to thank the club for giving me another chance to take on a new challenge in Barcelona.’

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    Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 after enduring a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.

    He scored 22 goals and supplied 18 assists over the course of 124 competitive games, winning three Bundesliga titles in as many seasons.

    ‘I would like to thank Arturo for three great years on behalf of FC Bayern,’ said chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

    ‘We celebrated great success during this time, and Arturo had a significant share in that.

    ‘He has always been at the forefront of important games, we have always been able to rely on him.’

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