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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bayern Munich announce signing of Arturo Vidal

Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring during a penalty shootout in the Copa America final in Santiago (AP)
Chile's Arturo Vidal celebrates after scoring during a penalty shootout in the Copa America final in Santiago (AP)

Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Italy's Juventus to sign Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, the German club's CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge.

"I can confirm that we have with both parties, Juventus and the player, reached an agreement. What is missing is the medical and the signature of the contract," Rummenigge told reporters during the team's trip to China.

Vidal, no stranger to the Bundesliga having played for Bayer Leverkusen for four seasons until 2011, has won four straight Italian league titles and helped Juventus reach the Champions League final last season, where they lost to Barcelona.

The 28-year-old could join up with his Bayern team mates as early as next week, Rummenigge said.

"If everything goes according to plan, he can start training next week," he added, without giving details of a fee or length of contract for the versatile Chilean.

Vidal is set to become Bayern's second major signing of the transfer window after Brazilian attacking midfielder Douglas Costa joined the club at the start of July.

The Bavarians, however, have also sold club icon Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.

Vidal was also an integral part of Chile's recent Copa America winning side.

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