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Arturo Vidal Completes Transfer To Barcelona

The 31-year old has agreed personal terms with Barcelona after Bayern Munich allowed him to leave for £27m. He initially arrived at the Bavarian club from Juventus in 2015 following a strong showing in the Champions League and the previous year’s World Cup. New Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has deemed him surplus to their requirements for the 2018-19 campaign.

Arturo Vidal has won three Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal during his time at Bayern, before a knee injury kept him out of the side for most of last season. Mainly playing as a box-to-box enforcer type player, he will bring some needed grit to the Barcelona midfield as well as another engine in the middle of the park. This should alleviate some of the running that Ivan Rakitic and new signing Arthur will be required to do. 

It remains to be seen if Vidal will serve as a bench player or a starter in an already crowded Barcelona midfield. Ernesto Valverde has a wealth of talent at his disposal and will be under pressure to win the treble after spending an excess of £100m in this transfer window so far.

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