Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that long-term Arsenal target Arturo Vidal will join Bayern Munich this summer, according to reports from Goal.com.
Vidal has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent months, with the Gunners thought to have agreed a deal for the Chilean international at the end of June.
However, Bayern have beaten Arsenal and Real Madrid to Vidal’s signature after the Bundesliga side and Juve agreed on a £27.8million (€40m) transfer fee.
“Vidal has expressed his desire to embark on a different experience, just like [Angelo] Ogbonna, [Carlos] Tevez and [Andrea] Pirlo,” Marotta confirmed.
This will come as a big blow to Arsene Wenger, with the French manager still keen on a defensive midfielder after missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, who joined Manchester United.
Vidal played a major role in Juventus’ domestic double last season, only missing out on the treble after losing Barcelona in the Champions League final.
The 28-year-old joined the Old Lady from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2011, going on to win the Scudetto four times in four seasons.