Berlin - Barcelona announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement with
Bayern Munich to sign Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal in a deal reportedly
worth €30 million.
"FC Barcelona and FC Bayern
Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arturo
Vidal," said Barcelona on their website.
"The agreement is for the
next three seasons and is pending the medical examination that the
player will undertake over the course of the next few days.
"FC Barcelona will shortly inform everyone about the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation ceremony."
31, was whisked away from Bayern's pre-season training base on Friday
morning with the club's director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic to finalise
Vidal will reportedly earn around nine million euros per season with the Spanish giants.
arrival will make up for the surprise departure of Brazilian midfielder
Paulinho, who Barcelona loaned to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.
had to move fast to sign Vidal as the player had also reportedly
sparked interest from Inter Milan following the departure of their
French midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Temperamental on and off the
pitch, Vidal's last season with Bayern was marked by injuries, including
one to his knee which he picked up during training and which forced him
to undergo surgery in April.
Vidal is the Barcelona's fourth
signing since the end of the last season following the arrival of
Brazilian forward Malcolm, Brazilian midfielder Arthur and French
defender Clement Lenglet.
The Chilean international joined Bayern
Munich in 2015 from Juventus, and won the Bundesliga title in each of
his three seasons at the club.
German champions Bayern have been keen to trim their star-studded squad.
signed Germany international Leon Goretzka, 23, on a free transfer from
Schalke, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said earlier this week
that they had too many midfielders.