Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has reportedly held talks with Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal about a summer transfer.
The 30-year-old will be likely heading out the Allianz Arena door in the near future as Leon Goretzka closes in a switch to join the Bundesliga giants.
According to Chilean news outlet La Cuarta, the Italian manger has spoke with the midfielder on the phone about a move to Stamford Bridge, declaring England would be the best place for him.
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Conte has made no secret of his admiration of Vidal, recently claiming “he’d go to war’ with him.
The duo spent three seasons together at Juventus between 2011-2014, where the Old Lady won consecutive Serie A titles.
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German newspaper Bild have also claimed that Conte has approached Vidal over a possible switch to reunite with him in West London.
The two-time Copa America winner knows he can up his salary from £6.6million-a-year, to well over £13m.
And journalist Manuel Veth took to Twitter that Goretzka’s likely arrival at Bayern will leave Vidal free to join Chelsea.
He said: “Goretzka to Bayern would also explain Arturo Vidal’s link to Chelsea.
“From what I understand it is likely the Chilean will be re-united with Conte next summer if/when the Goretzka deal goes through.”
Vidal, who has just 18 months left to run on his current Bayern deal, has started 11 out of 17 top-flight matches this term.
But despite being in and out of the starting XI, the ex-Bayer Leverkusen ace has managed to bang in five goals, as well as registering two assists.