According to reports from The Daily Star this morning, Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid.
The Chile international has emerged as one of the most complete centre-mids in world football since joining the Old Lady from Bayer Leverkusen in summer 2011, last season bagging seven goals and four assists in 28 Serie A appearances whilst averaging 3.1 tackles and 1.3 created chances per match – earning him the moniker ‘Il Guerriero’ in the Italian media, which translates as ‘The Warrior’.
He came close to joining Manchester United last summer and has recently been linked with a move to Arsenal, with compatriot Alexis Sanchez allegedly attempting to convince the 28 year-old into an Emirates switch whilst on international duty at the Copa America. Liverpool have also been mooted as potential suitors.
But according to The Star, a Premier League move is now incredibly unlikely. Citing Spanish publication Sport, they claim Vidal has agreed a move to the Bernabeu following talks between agent Fernando Felicevich and Real Madrid’s director general Jose Angel Sanchez.
The South American will sign a five year contract but there’s still some dispute over his price-tag; Los Blancos are hoping they can lower Juve’s £28million valuation.
It seems a speculative report but is corroborated by quotes from Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta last month. He told reporters; “Real Madrid did not make an attempt to sign him but it is probable that Real will do this in the future because [Real manager Rafa] Benitez knows Arturo very well.”