The wheels have been in motion for a few days now, and each and every road sign along the way is pointing toward Arturo Vidal signing with Bayern Munich and making a return to the Bundesliga. Just about everybody with any kind of credibility is reporting it, and it seems as though some kind of random occurrence will prevent this transfer from happening.
Before his team left on a preseason tour through China, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that negotiations with Juventus for a potential move for the talented Chilean midfielder are happening. Read as you may...
"I won't hide the fact that we're interested in him," he said before leaving for Bayern's preseason tour of China on Thursday evening. "But on the way out here I read that everything is agreed -- that's something I can't confirm.
"Like I said, we are interested but we haven't got as far as details like the transfer fee and the player's contract and so on yet.
"So you certainly still have to be patient but we hope that, at the end of the day, the player will come to us."
Asked later if a transfer was very likely, he told tz.de: "Yes."
The key sentence is the last one where the deal is not only confirmed to be going down but also is essentially guaranteed without a direct guarantee from the man who is at the heart of the swoop for Vidal. Brush up on your German-speaking and translating skills and watch the video of it below.
The interviewer asks Rummenigge if a deal for Vidal was likely. And, without hesitation, he responds with a "Yes!"
That's all you need to know, really.
Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reported late Thursday that a deal was done between Bayern and Juventus. According to Di Marzio, the Vidal deal would cost €37 million with another €3 million in potential bonuses (basically performance-related items for the player and/or team). Vidal is reportedly going to be in Germany early next week to complete his medical and sign his new contract that is worth s supposed €6.5 million a season.
And once the Vidal deal gets done, we get to hear about what Juventus is going to do with all that money. Isn't that exciting? (Caution: It may not be all that exciting because transfer rumors might drive you crazy in the long run.)