Pending a medical, Chile captain Arturo Vidal has left German Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich for Spanish LaLiga champions FC Barcelona on a three year contract.
The transfer fee was not disclosed by the clubs, but the media speculates that it is in the region of 18 million Euros plus additional bonus payments depending on performance and success.
The two giants of European club football reached agreement on the transfer late on Friday evening. Vidal, who joined FC Bayern in summer 2015 from Juventus FC, was contracted to the German record champions until June 30, 2019.
“On behalf of FC Bayern, I wish to thank Arturo with all my heart for three fantastic years,” commented FC Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Arturo made a significant contribution to the great successes we enjoyed in this time. He always led from the front in important matches, and we could always rely on him.”
Arturo Vidal said, “Thank you to FC Bayern and all the fans. I very much enjoyed my time in Munich. I’d like to thank the club for giving me the chance to take on another new challenge with Barcelona.”
The 31-year-old Chile international scored 22 goals and provided 18 assists in 124 appearances for the German record champions. With FC Bayern, Vidal won the German Bundesliga title three times, the DFB Cup once and the domestic Supercup twice.