For four seasons, we've seen Arturo Vidal fly around the field like no other, drop opponents with his crunching tackles, run hundreds of miles and throw up a heart above his chest whenever one of his goals hits the back of the net. There were trophies — a lot of trophies, and a lot of reasons to celebrate.
But after four years together, the Chilean midfielder with Scudetto tattoos on his arms and other Juventus-related tats will no longer be playing for them. That's because Vidal is heading back to the Bundesliga, as Juventus and Bayern Munich officially announced their much-talked about transfer following Vidal passing his medical examinations.
Juventus Football Club can confirm that Arturo Vidal has completed a move to Bayern Munich for a fee of €37 million to be paid in two financial years.
The transfer value could increase by up to a maximum of €3 million provided the player achieves certain targets stipulated in the agreement.
After four explosive and unforgettably successful years in the black and white of Juventus, Vidal's time in Turin has today come to an end.
The Santiago-born enforcer will be remembered not only for his immense success on the field, but also for a combative and all-action style which saw him combine to perfection with Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba to form one of the most formidable midfields in Europe.
After days full of rumors and just about every sign possible pointing toward Vidal heading toward the German champions, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta confirmed at his first press conference of the 2015-16 season that Vidal had in fact asked to embark on a new adventure. He has now become the latest player to leave the Champions League finalists this summer. And just like Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tévez and Angelo Ogbonna before him, they had requested a change of scenery before or during the current transfer window, according to Marotta.
Of course, selling midfielders of Vidal's quality at the age of 28 doesn't happen everyday, not did it seem like a concrete possibility a few weeks ago. There would always be rumors because that's just the nature of the beast, but Marotta always stood firm to his stance of "The player will stay unless he expresses the desire to leave," which has applied to both Vidal and Paul Pogba — amongst others — the last few summers. Throw in Vidal's comments about wanting to make it back to the Champions League final and potentially retire in a Juventus shirt and a move away from Turin seemed as unlikely as it was amidst all of those Manchester United rumors 12 months ago.
That obviously won't be happening now.
Vidal's fourth and final season in Turin wasn't as good as the first three. I don't think there's any denying that. He battled lingering knee problems from the campaign prior and Chile's long run in the 2014 World Cup and, as a result, poor form for pretty much the entire half of the season. But one season doesn't override what was a four-year run of domestic dominance and Vidal taking the step up to elite status in Europe.
Thanks for so many good times, Arturo. And may you be conveniently suspended if Juventus and Bayern Munch are to meet at some point in the Champions League next season or the years after. The last thing we need is for you to remind what we no longer have. That wouldn't sit well with us.