Breaking: Barcelona reach deal to sign Bayern's Arturo Vidal

Author: Maurice Quansah
Arturo Vidal's deal is understood to be worth in the region of €20 million

Arturo Vidal is set to join Barcelona from Bayern Munich on a three-year deal after the clubs reached an agreement for his transfer.

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

The Liga champions confirmed the midfielder will sign a three-year contract and complete a medical in the coming days.

 Thanks to Bayern and all fans. I really enjoyed my time in Munich," Vidal told Bayern's website as the move was announced. 

"The agreement with Arturo Vidal is for the next three seasons and is pending medical review that the player will pass in the coming days.

"FC Barcelona will soon inform of the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation."

Vidal was linked with a Serie A return at Inter, having starred for Juventus before joining Bayern in 2015.

But Barca swooped to land the Chile international to replace Paulinho, who returned to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on loan after a single season at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde signalled his intention to add to his midfield options after the Brazilian's departure, with club great Andres Iniesta having also departed for Asia by signing for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Arthur's move from Gremio was fast-tracked and Barca were reportedly interested in signing Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain. 

But they turned to Vidal after being unable to prise the France international away from the Ligue 1 champions.

Injuries restricted Vidal to 17 Bundesliga starts in the 2017-18 season and he was linked with a January move to Chelsea, despite indicating he was willing to extend a Bayern contract that was set to expire at the end of this season.

He becomes Barca's fourth major signing of the transfer window, following Arthur, Bordeaux winger Malcom and Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet to Catalonia.