19th August 2022
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Arturo Vidal, new player at Barça

With August just started, FC Barcelona has already closed four reinforcements for Ernesto Valverde. The last, pending medical review, has been the Chilean Arturo Vidal, 31, who will wear the Barça shirt for the next three years. The Catalan club will pay, according to several media, around 19 million euros to Bayern Munich.

Strengthening the midfield was the top priority for Barça after the signings of Lenglet, Arthur and Malcom. Arturo Vidal was not among the priorities but it became a market opportunity and the Barça club moved quickly. The new coach of Bayern Munich, Niko Kovac, had declared that he did not consider the Chilean midfielder ‘essential’, and so his agent had already started looking for a destination for Vidal. Finally, the club appeared on the scene at the last minute and ended up signing.

Arturo Vidal (AFP)

Barça thus becomes the fifth team in the career of Arturo Vidal after his time at Colo-Colo, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Bayern. In his brilliant track record, there stands out (among many other titles) four Italian leagues and three German leagues. In addition, he was a very prominent footballer in Chile who won two consecutive America Cups (2015 and 2016).

The departure of Paulinho had left Valverde without a midfielder with a clear profile of contention, a role that Arturo Vidal should occupy, which provides muscle in the middle and going forward. On a physical level, the Chilean arrives in Barcelona after being operated on the right knee in the final stretch of last season, an injury that prevented him from participating, for example, in the semifinals of the Champions against Real Madrid.

Off the playing fields, the Chilean player has also starred in some controversy. One of the most striking occurred in 2015, when he crashed his Ferrari in Santiago de Chile driving under the influence of alcohol.

Read the original article from La Vanguardia here.

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