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Chelsea make contact with £53m midfielder

Chelsea have made contact with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal regarding a potential move to the Premier League according to reports in Chile.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his midfield, and while the Italian recently refused to confirm if he would make a move to sign the 30-year-old, he was full of praise for the player after the pair worked together during their time at Juventus.

Conte said:

“Arturo is a fantastic player. I have a great respect for Arturo, and we spent many years in Juventus together.

“If we go to war, I’d always want him with me.”

However, according Chilean newspaper La Cuarta, the Italian boss has personally phoned the midfielder in an attempt to try to try to convince him that a move to Stamford Bridge would be the best move for his career.

Not only would he bolster the Chelsea midfield, he would also be able to significantly bolster his salary from £6.6m-a-year to around £13m.

It is thought that Vidal could make the move to Chelsea in the summer in a deal worth around £53m, and could be replaced by Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United. Goretzka has just six month remaining on his current deal and will leave the club on a free transfer in the summer.

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