As reported by the Daily Mirror, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to rule out making a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal in upcoming transfer windows.
Vidal played under Conte while the two were still at Juventus, winning three Serie A titles together during a period of extraordinary success at the Italian giants.
Now, when asked about a potential Vidal switch to Stamford Bridge, Conte played it rather coy, giving supporters hope that the Blues might make a big move for the Chilean international next year.
As quoted by The Mirror, the Chelsea boss said:
It’s not right to talk about players from other teams. July is very far but at the same time Arturo is a fantastic player. And we spent many years in Juventus together. I said if I have to go to war, I will go with him.
It’s clear he is a big fan of the Bayern midfielder, but now 30 years of age, is the player the right fit for Chelsea?
Rated at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, Vidal is something of a midfield all-rounder, with competent technical passing skill, tenacious determination and the ability to be as effective protecting his defensive line as having an effect on the game in the final third.
For Juventus, when with Conte, he scored plenty of goals, 48 in total in 171 matches, not a bad return at all for a central midfielder who is disciplined with his defensive duties.
He could be the perfect partner for the likes of N’Golo Kante, providing a strong physical presence alongside him but also able to link up with the Frenchman and feed more creative players.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater have both performed well in bursts for the English champions but Vidal has class and experience well beyond both and would be an astute signing if the Blues can convince Bayern Munich to part with him.