Throwing fuel on the fire, Arturo Vidal visits Italy
It could just be a family vacation or maybe Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is scoping his next destination to bring his own brand of midfielder mastery. Regardless, it was Vidal himself who posted this tweet below showing what is presumably a group of his family and friends in Italy.
Volviendo a casa con la bandita!!! siempre es lindo volver a Italia @ivan87valenzuela @humbertoalvarez1987 @wilsonfelipe05 pic.twitter.com/xFdK2KjVz9
— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) May 23, 2018
Coming home with the Bandita!!! It’s always nice to go back to Italy @ivan87valenzuela @humbertoalvarez1987 @wilsonfelipe05
With Vidal’s strong ties to Italy from his time spent with Juventus, it is conceivable that the Chilean made the trip strictly to spend vacation time in the country, but rumors have been swirling for months that have linked Vidal to an exit from Munich. Just yesterday, Carlo Ancelotti – a huge fan of Vidal – was hired by Napoli, which only helps build speculation.
Chilean journalist Maks Cárdenas is reporting via Twitter that Vidal is not overly interested in a move to the English Premier League, where Vidal was linked to both Chelsea and Manchester United. Of the two, Vidal would possibly accept a move to Manchester United as they have a spot in the Champions League as opposed to Chelsea, which will be in the Europa League.
FC Bayern ready to sell Arturo Vidal for 50m (he has one more year contract, tomorrow he will turn 31 and he is recovery for his second knee surgery) Chelsea not an option without Champion. Man Utd is the best fit in UK. UK or Italy probable destination. 35 can be a bargain
— Maks Cárdenas (@MaksCardenas) May 21, 2018
Cardenas doubled down and indicated that Ancelotti is pushing to bring in Vidal and gave some insight as to how receptive Vidal would be to reuniting with his old manager.
ANCELOTTI wants to sign @kingarturo23 . He already tried to sign him at Real Madrid, when he asked form”the best midfielder in the world” but Florentino signed Kroos. Vidal told me in an interview: “Ancelotti is the best coach in the world. the numbers don’t lie”
— Maks Cárdenas (@MaksCardenas) May 23, 2018
With Bayern Munich’s midfield jam packed with talent, Vidal could be looking for a place to ply his trade on a more regular basis. With Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, Leon Goretzka, Javi Martinez, Sebastian Rudy, Renato Sanches already in the fold; and James Rodriguez sometimes occupying the role of the “8”; it would appear that Bayern may need to clear some space in a talent-laden area.
Realistically, Bayern will likely move Sanches and take a financial loss given his horrific two year stint between Bayern and Swansea City. Even with that subtraction, however, playing time will be hard to come by on a consistent basis even for a world class midfielder like Vidal unless Bayern moves multiple players.