Chelsea will have to splash out £50m for world-class target, how XI could look with signing
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been a highly-valued member of the team since joining in 2015, but the reported Chelsea target’s circumstances seem to have changed.
That’s according to The Sun, via Kicker, who claim that the Bavarian giants have now set a valuation for the Chilean international, as they seek £50m to let him leave having shown a willingness to discuss a sale.
There is an argument to suggest that the 30-year-old may well have seen his best days, as he has struggled to replicate the commanding and dominating performances that he produced in Italy and initially with Bayern this season.
Vidal has scored just one goal and produced one assist in 14 appearances in all competitions so far this season, with his numbers starting to decline last season having played the least amount of games in five years with 41 outings, although he did manage to find the back of the net on nine occasions.
Nevertheless, Antonio Conte knows him well from their previous stint at Juventus, and a change of scenery and a new challenge could perhaps get Vidal back to the level that he was previously at as four Serie A titles, two Bundesliga titles and two Copa America triumphs with Chile showed he is a world-class player.
The Italian tactician could undoubtedly do with the additional quality and depth, as he looks to now compete on various fronts with Chelsea, but it’s pretty clear who would have to be sacrificed in the starting line-up if Vidal were to arrive at Stamford Bridge.
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N’Golo Kante has been an absolute staple in the line-up since his move from Leicester City, showing his importance and quality with back-to-back Premier League titles with two different clubs.
In turn, it’s highly unlikely that the Frenchman would drop out, which means that summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas could be in trouble in terms of losing playing time, should Chelsea find an agreement to sign Vidal and add him to the squad in west London.
Possible line-up with Vidal: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Vidal, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard.
A midfield pairing of Kante and Vidal would certainly be amongst the best in the Premier League though, offering Conte plenty of energy, grit and determination along with defensive coverage to allow the likes of Hazard and Morata to go out and win games for them.