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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Arturo Vidal completes move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich

The Chilean midfielder to bolster ranks of the Primera Liga champions

Arturo Vidal has left Bayern Munich for Barcelona. Reuters
Arturo Vidal has left Bayern Munich for Barcelona. Reuters

Arturo Vidal will be a Barcelona player for the 2018/19 season after completing his move from Bayern Munich.

The Chile midfielder has agreed a three-year contract at the Nou Camp on Friday evening and will undergo a medical in the coming days, the Spanish champions announced on their website.

Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015 and won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons at the club.

Neither club have announced a transfer fee for the 31-year-old - who was under contract at Bayern until June 30, 2019 - but reports in Spain suggest Barca will pay in the region of €20 million (Dh84.9m).

A Barca statement read: "Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of player Arturo Vidal. The agreement is for the next three seasons and is pending the medical examination that the player will undertake over the course of the next few days."

Vidal played 124 competitive games for Bayern, scoring 22 goals and providing 17 assists. As well as his three Bundesliga titles he also helped the German giants win the German Cup in 2016 and the German Super Cup twice.

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The former Bayer Leverkusen player said on Bayern's official website: "Thanks to FC Bayern and all the fans. I really enjoyed my time in Munich. I would like to thank the club for giving me another chance to take on a new challenge in Barcelona."

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: "We celebrated great success during this time, and Arturo had a significant share in that. He has always been at the forefront of important games, we have always been able to rely on him."

Meanwhile, Barca announced have also announced they have agreed a deal to sign teenage Senegal defender Moussa Wague from Belgian side KAS Eupen.

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The 19-year-old right-back, who has already passed his medical with Barca, played all three of Senegal's games at this summer's World Cup and his goal in the 2-2 draw with Japan saw him become the youngest African goalscorer in finals history.

Barca have already signed Arthur, Malcom and Clement Lenglet this summer, while Andres Iniesta, Paulinho, Lucas Digne and Gerard Deulofeu are among those who have left the Nou Camp as the Primera Liga champions prepare for the start of their title defence.

Their opening league game of the season is on August 18 at home to Alaves.