Chelsea And Manchester United To Battle For Bayern Munich Star

Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring their fifth goal with Douglas Costa.

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Manchester United are set to enter a bidding war with Chelsea for the signature of Arturo Vidal, as per reports.

German outlet Bild has claimed that Bayern Munich are prepared to sell the Chilean in a clear-out by new boss Niko Kovac. Vidal, a player United have been linked with on numerous occasions in recent years, could be available for £31 million.

Meanwhile, the Independent suggests United remain keen on Gareth Bale. This speculation stems from the fact the Welshman is sponsored by Adidas, and this appeals to United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

However, if Julen Lopetegui, the new Real Madrid manager, makes it clear that he wants Bale to stay on for the coming season, then the forward will likely remain at the Bernabeu.

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Bale got United fans excited after the Champions League final, when he stated that he would consider his club future over the summer, despite not specifically talking about a return to the Premier League.

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The news about Vidal’s links with United are nothing new. Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the Chilean pit bull. Vidal fits the profile of a prototypical Mourinho player – a hard-working, tough-tackling midfielder who can also control the pace of the game in offense.

However, at the age of 31, Vidal’s peak playing days are probably over. This explains the relatively low transfer fee quoted by Bild.

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The Chile international, who won two Copa America titles in two back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016, has the greatest value as a runner in a team, and fitness issues could quickly curb his effectiveness in this aspect of the game.

Before moving to Bayern in the summer of 2015, Vidal spent 4 years at Juventus and 4 won Serie A titles. He first began his career in Chile with Colo-Colo at the age of 18, before moving to Bayer Leverkusen for a 4-year spell from 2007-2011.

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