Wednesday 18 October 2017

Arturo Vidal on his way to Chelsea? The Chilean star has hinted that January deal could happen

Could Arturo Vidal be on his way to Stamford Bridge?
Could Arturo Vidal be on his way to Stamford Bridge?
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has fuelled speculation that he could be on his way to Chelsea by liking an Instagram posting linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Vidal worked with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte during their time together at Juventus, as the duo struck up a strong bond in a partnership that helped the Turin club win a host of major trophies.

Conte altered his formation at Juventus to accommodate Chilean midfielder, with his comments on Vidal’s qualities ahead of his arrival at Chelsea last summer confirming he is still a big admirer of his talents.

“Arturo Vidal said he’d take me to war with him? I’d take Vidal too,” he stated. “He’s an amazing player. I must admit at Juve, I found him hard to fit in.

“In my head, I wanted to play a 4-2-4 and 4-4-2, but seeing the intensity of Vidal getting up and down the pitch, I switched to 4-3-3 which then transformed into 3-5-2.

“He has extraordinary physical and technical attributes, if I get to coach him a little more it’d be fantastic. I want him on all my teams.”

Conte has led Chelsea to a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a stunning 13-game winning run, with his transfer kitty boosted by the huge £60m windfall he received from the sale of Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

Vidal’s arrival at Chelsea would boost his already potent midfield line-up, but the Conte admits the January window is a tough period to make big-money signing.

“In January it’s always very difficult to buy. Every team wants to keep their best players, they don’t want to sell,” states the Blues boss.

“But we are trying to think of the best way to face the rest of the season, for sure.

“We are looking at our squad and then we will take the best decision. As I said before, it’s not easy in the window.”

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