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Auturo Vidal will join Inter in days

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Arturo Vidal is expected to become Inter Milan’s newest signing early next week after Barcelona agreed to terminate his contract, according to reports.

The combative 33-year-old was told to find a new club by Ronald Koeman after his arrival earlier this summer – and the Nou Camp giants are even willing to rip up his deal and allow him to leave a year early.

Catalan newspaper Sport have reported that Vidal will jet out to Milan to undertake his medical on Monday or Tuesday ahead of finalising the free transfer.

Vidal has become an unwanted player amid Barcelona’s planned first-team exodus, despite making 43 appearances last season, and Koeman is determined to cut the wage bill at the club.

The Chile international cut a visibly frustrated figure during the Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich and will soon fall victim to Koeman’s radical overhaul.

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His imminent departure will allow him to take up a new challenge. It is believed that negotiations with Inter are in their final stages, and the midfielder has also thrashed out personal terms.

Barcelona may demand a minor payment from Inter despite letting Vidal leave for nothing, in a similar move to when Ivan Rakitic rejoined Sevilla earlier this week.

Antonio Conte has been keen to reunite with Vidal in his second season at the helm of Inter, having coached him at Juventus.

The 51-year-old brought in the player from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011 and made him an integral part of his project in Turin.

Vidal netted 40 goals and laid on 21 assists in 126 games under Conte, and the enigmatic tactician will be hopeful the star can help lead his team to the Serie A title next season.

Inter begin pre-season training on Monday and will hope Vidal will be available for the sessions.

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Arturo Vidal is next!

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With Ivan Rakitic off to Sevilla, it looks like Arturo Vidal will be the next player to leave Barcelona this summer.

Inter and Juventus are leading the race to sign the Chilean, who played 43 games in all competitions in the 2019/20 season.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Antonio Conte wants to partner Vidal with N’Golo Kante in his Inter midfield.

The Nerazzurri have reportedly offered Vidal a two-year deal worth six million euros per season.

As for the player himself, he’s always been keen on working under Conte.

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A return to Juventus, where he spent five years earlier in his career, also appeals to Vidal.

“Andrea Pirlo was incredible as a player, so imagine him as a coach,” the midfielder said in an interview on YouTube.

“If he or [Juve] call me, I’d be happy [to go]. I have lots of love for them, but I have to be calm about it now.”

What’s clear is that Vidal’s stock is still high in Italy, where he won four successive Serie A titles at Juventus.

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Vidal blasts Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has hit out at his own club for only having ’13 professional players’ and hinted at his displeasure of having so many young youth products in the first-team.

The Catalan club are in crisis at the moment following a trophyless season, compounded by the shock 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month.

New manager Ronald Koeman is planning an overhaul of the Barcelona squad, which could see the likes of Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets make way for younger players, but Vidal claims that the LaLiga giants need better players rather than academy products.

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Vidal told Daniel Habif’s YouTube channel: ‘The last three years are not what a team like Barcelona deserves. The best team in the world cannot have 13 professional players. You cannot always win with DNA.

‘(Lionel) Messi is the best in the world, an extraterrestrial, but he needs help so that better results can be achieved.’

The Catalans lost the LaLiga title to arch-rivals Real Madrid this summer, while they were also knocked out of the Copa Del Rey earlier this year.

Barcelona have also been rocked by Messi’s shock transfer request this week, meaning the LaLiga giants could be forced to lose their captain and talisman this summer, with Manchester City lurking around his signature.

Vidal is another player who could end up leaving the Camp Nou this summer, with the 33-year-old midfielder linked with a move to Inter Milan.

When asked whether Barcelona’s players were ‘transferable’ this summer, Vidal said: ‘I have never understood placing the players with that word. It is very ugly.

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‘If a player wants to leave or you want to sell him, find him a team but don’t say so. It is to pass it on, and each person needs respect.’

The Chilean midfielder issued a come-and-get-me-plea in the interview to clubs interested in his services from this summer.

However, Vidal confirmed that he would not sign for fellow LaLiga giants Real Madrid, as he has enjoyed a healthy relationship with the Barcelona faithful.

He added: ‘I am in a situation of being thrown away to see if someone wants to receive me.

‘I have earned the complete affection of the people of Barcelona, that is why I would not play for Real Madrid.’

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Inter wants Vidal on a ‘No Money’ transfer

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Inter are targeting the capture of Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal on a free transfer.

The Catalans are desperate to raise money after being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Although Barcelona are holding out for a fee close to 15 million euros, La Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter believe they can agree a deal for free.

Ronald Koeman informed Vidal that he didn’t consider him part of his plans for next season, and the 33-year-old is now keen to join Antonio Conte’s burgeoning project.

Inter aren’t the only club interested in Vidal but they have been tracking him the longest, and Conte is understood to see him as a key part of his group for next season.

Vidal is unlikely to be the only player leaving the Camp Nou in the coming weeks, as the Blaugrana continue their summer clear-out.

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See Arturo Vidal’s response to Messi leaving

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A few minutes after reports revealed that Lionel Messi sent a fax to Barcelona to ask to depart the club, Arturo Vidal took to social media to send a meaningful message.

Both players’ futures at the Blaugrana are uncertain as Ronald Koeman has told the Chilean midfielder that he is not counting on him for next season.

“When you corner a tiger, it does not give up, it fights,” wrote Vidal on Twitter.

His post reflects the situation Barcelona’s players are experiencing these days.

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Koeman tells Vidal to search for a new team

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Ronald Koeman wants a large part of his Barcelona squad for the 2020/21 campaign to be in place by the time training restarts next week, and that has led to the coach informing Luis Suarez and, now, Arturo Vidal that they are not in his plans.

As such, the Uruguayan and Chilean have been told to look for a new team immediately.

Over the coming hours, Koeman will speak to the rest of the dressing room. He has many more players to contact.

Barcelona announced that there would be profound changes in the dressing room, which is proving to already be the case.

Both Suarez and Vidal have received offers from other teams, although they could be used as part of swap deals this summer.

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Other Barcelona players who Koeman does not have in his plans are Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and Junior Firpo.

They know that the Dutch coach and the club are happy to move on from them in this transfer window, but they are also waiting for a call from Koeman.

Meanwhile, the likes of Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Pique are all waiting to see what their new coach has to say to them; they are aware that almost the entire squad is up for sale, but nobody has told them anything yet.

These three players’ continuity at the Camp Nou is not frowned upon by Koeman, while Jordi Alba knows that he will still be a Barcelona player next season.

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Arturo Vidal underestimates Bayern

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Arturo Vidal has warned Bayern Munich to expect a tougher test than usual when they face Barcelona on Friday evening.

The Chilean will go up against his former club when the two European heavyweights meet in the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon.

“[Friday] is the most important game of the season,” Vidal said in his pre-match press conference.

“We’re really hoping to go through.

“Bayern come into it off the back of a spectacular season – they’re cup and Bundesliga champions.

“We know that it’ll be difficult, but it’ll be a great game.

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“If we do what we have to do, we’ll go through.

“It’ll be a tight game.”

Bayern figures, such as Lothar Matthaus, have hinted that the German side are strong favourites for the clash.

“I haven’t paid much attention [to the comments] because I know the people at Bayern and what they say off the pitch isn’t what the players think,” Vidal added.

“They’re confident but they should know that they won’t be playing against a Bundesliga team [on Friday].

“They’ll be playing against Barcelona.”

Vidal also addressed the pessimism around Barcelona’s chances of progressing.

“I know that the fans have their doubts,” he continued.

“We’re the best team in the world, but we haven’t shown that on the pitch and we lost LaLiga.

“We have Leo [Messi] and other top players and we want to show that.”

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Robert Lewandowski’s recent form has seen him mentioned in the same breath as Messi.

“Lewandowski is extraordinary, tireless and very dangerous,” Vidal said about his former teammate.

“I’ve seen him grow, how he prepared and it will be really tough to mark him.

“It’s very difficult to compare him to Leo because Messi is from another planet.”

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‘Barca in perfect winning pace’ – Vidal

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Real Madrid may have moved above Barcelona in LaLiga, but Arturo Vidal believes the reigning champions will be back at the summit by the end of the campaign.

Barcelona are in tip top condition to see out the end-of-season and have got what it takes to pip Real Madrid to LaLiga, says Arturo Vidal. Spain’s top flight resumed this month with defending champions Barça two points clear of Madrid, but that advantage was wiped out by the Blaugrana’s stalemate with Sevilla last Friday.

Barcelona and Real Madrid level on points
Zinedine Zidane’s side have won four out of four since the restart and are now top due to their superior head-to-head record against Barça, who are bidding to win a third title in a row. However, Vidal is optimistic Barça can handle the rigours of a hectic schedule that will see them play seven league games in the space of three weeks.

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“As the games are closer together we need to use the time as best we can to ensure we go into the next game in the best possible shape,” he told FOX Sports. “But I think we are in perfect condition to be champions. The great atmosphere among the team is an important factor. We have all become close friends and that helps on the field. It’s very important because it really shows. I’m happy.”

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Barça’s season will not end when their LaLiga campaign concludes at Alavés on the weekend of 18-19 July. Quique Setién’s side are still in the Champions League and have the second leg of their last-16 tie with Napoli to play in August, having drawn 1-1 in Italy back in February. The quarter-finals and semi-finals are now one-legged games that will take place in Lisbon, which will also host the final, and Vidal is excited about the way the Champions League will finish.

“I like the format,” Vidal added. “If we can beat Napoli it’s going to be very odd because of how and where it’s happening, in August and over single legs. But all-or-nothing games are the ones I like the best. I want to be important in those games.”

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Vidal’s ‘Possibilities of moving to Inter’ revealed

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Arturo Vidal has hinted that he could look to link up with Antonio Conte at Inter Milan if he decides to leave Barcelona.

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The 33-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from the Camp Nou this summer after finding game-time hard to come by since the appointment of Quique Setien.

The Chile international – who also been linked with moves to Newcastle and South American side Boca Juniors – has claimed he has looked into coaching during the coronavirus lockdown period.

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Vidal also said Inter boss Conte has been one of his many mentors during his career and someone with whom he claims he shares ‘a great relationship’.

‘I want to feel important in the next two months at Barcelona. Otherwise I will look at what’s best for my career,’ he told Spanish outlet El Periodico.

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‘I am 33 years old, but if I keep at training I can play another three to four years at this level. While in quarantine I started looking at the idea of being a coach.

‘I have had several masters to learn from with their own style, Conte, [Pep] Guardiola, [Carlo] Ancelotti, [Jupp] Heynckes.

‘I love Conte. I had a great relationship with him, he knows I’m a winner and knows he can count on me.’

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Conte and Vidal enjoyed a successful stint together at Juventus, winning three Serie A titles between 2011 and 2014.

Conte is reportedly looking to add more experience to his squad ahead of the next season and could look to recruit the former Bayern Munich midfielder, who reports claimed last month favours a move to Inter.

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Inter rules out Vidal’s chase

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Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte would like to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal, but it seems that he’s come up against his own club, who are unsure because of the Chilean’s age.

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The club don’t want to include him in the Lautaro Martinez trade with Barca and Relaibe sources says that the club’s sporting director Marotta doesn’t want to bring him in because of his age – 33 years old.

The Italians are looking at alternatives, with Radja Nainggolan a player that they might want to reinforce the midfield with.

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Inter Separates Vidal From Lautaro’s Deal

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Inter are so determined to get Arturo Vidal from Barcelona that they are separating him out from the Lautaro Martinez talks, claim sources in Italy and Spain.

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Antonio Conte has never hidden his desire to reunite with former Juventus midfielder Vidal at San Siro, so the Chilean naturally became the first choice when discussing swap deals.

However, Mundo Deportivo and Tuttosport both claim today that Vidal is considered too important a target to tie him in with the Lautaro Martinez negotiations.

His contract is due to expire in June 2021 and he’ll turn 33 later this month, so the cost of the operation should be around €10-15m.

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Barcelona are also well aware that Vidal is determined to make the move and might feel pushed into a corner, with the risk of losing him for free next summer.

Inter had tried to sign Vidal last year and again in January, but could not reach an agreement with his club.


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Arturo Vidal Makes Barcelona’s Makeweight List

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Just like everyone else, Barcelona are facing uncertain times at the moment and every step they take is taken with hesitation.

But there are some things that the club are clear on, one of those being that they have to work on closing some important signings for when the transfer window reopens this summer.

Players will need to leave, but as things stand there’s only one player who looks like he wants to leave the Camp Nou this summer: Arturo Vidal.

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The Catalans have put more than half of their playing squad up for sale, particularly keen to find funds now that COVID-19 has caused even more financial troubles.

If they are to make signings during the summer, they’ll need to sell first.

Not all of their players are as willing to leave as the club is to see the back of them though, namely Samuel Umtiti, Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, Junior Firpo and Martin Braithwaite.

Some feel as though they can fight for a place, while others are happy to run their contracts down.

This comes as cause for concern for Barcelona. If they want to sign the likes of Lautaro Martinez or Neymar, they know they need to find money.

Inter, Juventus and Newcastle have all shown some interest in Vidal though.

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The Chilean could be used in any deal for Lautaro at Inter and carries a value of between 15-20 million euros, having joined for 18 million euros from Bayern Munich in 2018.

He’s played an important role at times in 2019/20, contributing with six goals in his 13 appearances.


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Vidal claims he misses playing football during the coronavirus crisis


Arturo Vidal is confined to his home during the coronavirus crisis. With competitions paralysed, the Chilean spoke to La Tercera about his days of isolation.

“To see that every day and all over the world people are dying, not to be with the kids as you want, everything is different. It’s a constant worry, a nightmare that gets worse and worse,” said the Chilean.

“I get up early and train. For that it’s really important the work we do with Juan Ramirez. I have a gym with some machines at home and that helps to work in routines.”

He says “I miss playing” and “being with my team-mates, sharing the dressing room. We are in constant connection and the club gives guidelines, but it’s not the same as working on the pitch, I miss it.”


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Chile national team manager admits that Vidal could return to Italy in future


Chile national team manager Reinaldo Rueda has admitted that there is a possibility that Arturo Vidal could return to Italy in the future.

The experienced central midfielder has drawn link to Inter in each of the recent transfer windows but Inter have never managed to get a deal done for him.

Links have once again resurfaced ahead of the upcoming transfer window and Rueda has shared his hopes for what he would like for the 32-year-old, who has little over a year left on his current deal with the Blaugrana.

“I think he is very satisfied at Barcelona, the fans have welcomed him very well and I hope that wherever he goes he will be the protagonist he has always been,” Rueda, who has been in charge of the Chilean national team since 2018, remarked in an interview with Spanish news outlet Sport.

“As far as I know there is a possibility of returning to Italy, recently Borussia Dortmund was also very interested in him but there is nothing concrete and you have to have the patience to make a decision.”

Rueda also spoke on the kind of player that the former Bayern Munich and Juventus player is.

“He is an exceptional player. He showed it in Germany, Italy and now in Spain. He has character, good technique and a physical prowess too. He is a monster.

“He will always want to be a protagonit. He remains very anxious when he does not play continuously. He has always been used to playing a leading role. I am sure that he will evaluate what each club offers him.”

This season Vidal has made 31 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored six goals and provided three assists.


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Arturo Vidal shows interest In Newcastle if they hire Max Allegri


United could be set to launch a shock bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The Chilean international is reportedly set to leave the Nou Camp this summer, and Steve Bruce’s side could be set to fight Manchester United and Inter Milan for his signature.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Vidal is giving serious consideration to a Premier League proposal, but it is not from Old Trafford.

The report states that Vidal sees Newcastle as having a ‘very attractive growth plan,’ and would be interested in joining the club if they were to replace Bruce with his old Juventus boss Max Allegri.

On the other hand, he is reportedly ‘unconvinced’ by Manchester United’s plans for the future.

Vidal’s contract at Barcelona is set to expire in June 2021, so a sale this summer at a reduced price seems likely.

Earlier this week bookmakers slashed the odds of Allegri becoming the next Newcastle manager, as the club’s £350m takeover moves closer to completion.

The Italian left Juventus at the end of last season and has been out of work ever since.

Magpies’ owner Mike Ashley is in talks with a group led by Amanda Staveley to sell the club after 13 years in charge.

If the takeover was to go through, the ambitious prospective buyers are thought to want a big name to replace Bruce, with former manager Rafa Benitez also reportedly in contention.

Vidal has never played in England, having spent his career with Colo Colo, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Bayern Munich before joining the Nou Camp.

Should Newcastle make a move, their fiercest rivals could come in Italian giants Inter Milan.

Inter’s manager Antonio Conte has also worked with Vidal at Juventus, and the Chilean could be included in any attempt from Barcelona to sign striker Lautaro Martinez.

Vidal played three seasons at Juventus under Conte before spending his final season at the club playing for Allegri.


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Manchester United Makes Vidal Offer.


Arturo Vidal will have a choice when the transfer market opens. Manchester United have apparently made an offer for him, but the English side know that the Chilean prefers to play in Italy.

The newspaper ‘Express’ informed on Thursday that the Premier League are also dreaming about ‘King’ Arturo. Namely, Manchester United are the side that would be delighted to have the Barca player.

The source said that the Red Devils sent an offer for the Chilean, but they are aware that he would prefer to play for Inter Milan, the club that is best positioned in the race.

‘CalcioMercato’ backed up these rumours, and went further by affirming that United’s offer doesn’t satisfy Vidal, so at Old Trafford, they’ll have to forget about the Chilean international.

In the last few hours, his possible Inter move has gathered more pace. ‘Sport’ said that there are now negotiations with the midfielder and that the great harmony between Inter and Barcelona could be key in the deal.

Vidal is one of the players that has high options of leaving the Camp Nou to free up the wage bill, regain money in the coffers and also because his contract ends in 2021.


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Inter & Barca’s special relationship key to Lautaro & Vidal transfers


Barcelona and Inter’s paths have crossed and the two clubs are condemned to come to an understanding. There’s no problem with the relationship between the two clubs, which has been really good for a number of years. That means operations between the clubs have been carried out in a relaxed atmosphere and with a willingness to talk.

There have been various meetings in the last three years and the club’s sporting directors know each other well. Both Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes get on really well with Piero Ausilio, who is key in the Italian club’s decision making. Last year, they met at least five times. The interaction is constant.


Two visits from Piero Ausilio to Barcelona in the January transfer window were made with the objective of signing Arturo Vidal. The request for the Chilean was made by Inter coach Antonio Conte, although he didn’t get his man as Barça couldn’t let him leave in the middle of the season due to the size of their squad.

But that did not damage the relationship between the clubs and Inter will move again for Vidal. Conte is desperate to sign the midfielder, who he worked with at Juventus.


It’s an operation that will happen with or without Lautaro Martinez moving to Barcelona. The Argentine is the Catalan club’s top target this summer. Both parties will work towards a deal. And Inter owe Barça one, too, after the cancelled their option to buy Rafinha after the midfielder’s loan a couple of years ago


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Just in🔥🔥🔥:Inter Starts Negotiations with Barca over Vidal.


Arturo Vidal is on Barcelona’s exit ramp. All sides are conscious of the situation and are looking for the best solution.

Right now, that’s a move to Inter Milan – although they clubs have not agreed on a fee. The Chilean could have left in the January transfer window, but the Blaugrana blocked his exit because the team had a lot of players out. It was a move the player accepted. He’s got a year left on his contract but will be sold as he looks for a final top project in which he can have a bigger role.


Inter have maintained their interest for months and have returned for him again, with coach Antonio Conte pushing for the operation to take place. They worked together at Juventus before and speak regularly. Barcelona will not renew his contract, which is high, and think the player is amortized. He’s liked in the dressing room and is a good reference point on and off the pitch.

Inter are willing to offer Vidal a three-season deal on a good wage but need to lower the transfer price. They don’t believe the 20m euros Barcelona are asking for is fair. For his age and the fact there’s only a year left on his deal. They also don’t want him to be involved in any deal for Lautaro Martinez, the Inter striker Barca crave. His release clause is 111 million euros and Inter don’t want to lower that. Negotiations are open and there is a good feeling between both sides, so there is hope of a deal.


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Inter keen on signing Arturo Vidal.


The details of Inter’s verbal agreement with Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal have been revealed, but the Serie A side are still struggling to convince La Blaugrana to actually accept the deal.

Inter have already convinced Vidal to make the move, but Barcelona have not been easy to deal with. Many at the club want to sell him, but manager Ernesto Valverde is desperate to keep him around.


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According to Nicolò Schira, Antonio Conte’s side have offered to pay Vidal €4.5m for the remainder of this season if he joins in January, and then €6m per year for the next two seasons on a contract until 2022.

The Chilean is happy with that and has already accepted their proposal, especially given his limited game time at Camp Nou, but it now comes down to whether Inter can agree terms with Barcelona.


At the minute, Inter have offered to take Vidal on a six-month loan with an obligation to sign Vidal permanently in the summer for €12m, but Barcelona are holding out for closer to €20m and want to part ways with him on a permanent basis.

Antonio Conte

The two sides are not too far apart, but whether Inter will agree to increase their offer remains to be seen.

However, Barcelona fear that Vidal is trying to force them to accept a lower bid. He recently decided to sue Barça for unpaid bonuses from last season, but Barcelona have questioned why he decided to wait until now – days before the January transfer window – to voice his concerns.


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They believe that he has only done so to try and pressure the club into letting him go, and it certainly seems unlikely that they will back down.

Vidal has made 19 appearances for Barcelona this season, but his desire to leave stems from the fact that he has started just six games. Valverde has usually preferred other players, whereas Conte would be prepared to offer Vidal a more prominent role in his side


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