With Antonio Conte finally sworn in as the next permanent manager to try his hand in the Stamford Bridge dug-out ahead of next season, the upcoming summer transfer window must now take on even more importance for the Blues as they look to rebuild their once untouchable status in England.
Several of Conte’s former players in the Italian Serie A have subsequently been linked with a high profile switch to Chelsea, but as Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal has received the most transfer-related attention from the media spotlight of late, perhaps the combative Chilean international must therefore go down as the most significant name of them all.
So, although the 28-year-old midfielder only put pen-to-paper at Bayern last summer, could Antonio Conte’s upcoming presence at Stamford Bridge really tempt him away from the Allianz Arena before the start of next season?
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As the former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus favourite seemingly represents one of the most recognisable and widely admired players in world football, perhaps the recent media speculation surrounding the South American star should arrive as little surprise.
When operating at the very top of his game and free from those niggling injury complaints that seem to regularly affect even the most established players on the European scene, this is one midfielder who could easily serve to improve the English top-flight in the not too distant future.
Chelsea fans who remain strangely unaware of Arturo Vidal’s unmistakable quality need only look to this week’s Champions League fixture between Bayern Munich and Benfica, for a distinct look at just how effective the Chilean international can certainly prove on his day.
Via his tough-brand of no-nonsense tackling in the middle of the park, keen ability to break up play in even the most testing of scenarios, and relatively impressive prowess in the goal-scoring department from time to time – Vidal is clearly deserving of all the subsequent praise to come his way in recent years.
Alongside Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, the 28-year-old midfielder has also played a major role in boosting his nation’s current status upon the international scene, with Chile continuously looking to improve with every passing tournament.
Yet in light of Vidal’s already well established reputation within the European game, why would Bayern Munich ever see fit to part ways with their recently acquired midfielder so soon after landing the player in question for a rather sizeable amount just last summer?
The Bundesliga giants clearly view the former Juventus man as part of their long-term plans, for although Antonio Conte’s previous working relationship with the Chilean international does admittedly place Chelsea in a slightly stronger negotiating position this summer, it remains difficult to imagine Bayern Munich parting ways with one of their star men.
Chelsea have portrayed themselves as a vulnerable outfit this season after all, and the Blues can’t tempt Vidal with the prospect of Champions League football next season – so although the midfielder could theoretically look to reunite with Conte in the Premier League at some point in the future, such an outcome remains rather unlikely right now.
Chelsea’s reputation has arguably sunk too far below that of Arturo Vidal’s current employers for such a bold transfer move to take place this summer.