Bayern Munich make £21million Arturo Vidal bid
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Bayern Munich have made a £21million bid for Arturo Vidal just days after selling Bastian Schweinsteiger, Football Insider sources understand.
The German champions have moved for the Juventus star as they step up plans to reinforce their central midfield.
But Juve are believed to be holding out for more than £30million for Vidal, who is also being monitored by Arsenal.
The 28-year-old box-to-box midfielder has been at the heart of Juve’s run of four consecutive Serie A triumphs since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
A return to the Bundesliga could now be on the cards for the Chile international, who starred in his country’s recent Copa America triumph.
Vidal has two years remaining on his Juve contract and the likelihood is that he will be sold this summer if he does not agree a contract extension with last season’s Champions League runners-up.
Bayern have moved for the midfielder after selling Schweinsteiger to Manchester United at the start of this week for around £15million.
Vidal is highly regarded by manager Pep Guardiola for his midfield play and was used as one of three attacking midfielders ahead of anchorman Andrea Pirlo in the all-conquering Juve team of recent seasons.
But Pirlo has recently joined MLS team New York City and Vidal could be set to follow him out of the exit door of the Serie A champions.