Chelsea are trying to tempt Arturo Vidal to leave Bayern Munich by offering a four-year contract worth £13.4m a season, according to ITASportPress.
Manager Antonio Conte has made no secret of the fact that he admires Vidal, who he worked with during the pair’s time together at Juventus.
The Italian coach recently told reporters that he would “go to war” with the midfielder – a comment that did little to quieten the speculation.
Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra tweeted after New Year’s Day that the Premier League club were preparing to table a £33m bid, which is short of the £53m fee that Bayern want.
⚽️📰 CONFIRMADO: #Chelsea hace contactos oficiales con el #BayernMúnich para fichar a Arturo Vidal 🇨🇱 (30). La negociación empezó con una primera oferta de 37M€, los alemanes quieren 60. pic.twitter.com/BxleHfOVe8
— Pipe Sierra (@PipeSierraR) January 2, 2018
Now, ITASportPress reports that Chelsea are going all out with a major financial incentive for Vidal, who has been linked to Manchester United in the past.
A few months ago, the prospect of Bayern letting go of Vidal would not have been a shocking thought.
The 30-year-old was struggling for form and he took a public verbal bashing from head coach Jupp Heynckes for his efforts on the pitch.
That seemed to be the turnaround, though, as Vidal has been performing at a higher level, which could now make it difficult for Chelsea to get a deal done this month.
Bayern will not want to lose any players of influence mid-season, and even if there is some wiggle room, the German club are likely to yank up the price.
If Conte has his heart set on reuniting with Vidal, whose physicality would certainly fit in with the Premier League, then perhaps the Chelsea boss should revisit the move in the summer.