It seemed like 31-year-old Arturo Vidal would be headed back to Serie A, but oh how things can change in the course of a few days.
Barcelona have confirmed an agreement to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal for a fee of around £27m.
It is understood that the Chilean will be undergo a medical and be unveiled next week and Barcelona are set to pay 18 million euros plus 3m euros in add-ons after he left Bayern Munich's training camp on Friday.
With Inter appearing to close in on the Chilean global, Barcelona swooped in and snatched Vidal out from under the Italian club's nose, reportedly completing the deal for $35 million.
The former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder featured in 124 games for Bayern, scoring 22 goals. As well as his three Bundesliga titles he also helped the German giants win the DFB-Pokal in 2016 and the German Super Cup twice.
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The signing of Alisson from Roma this summer has further pushed Mignolet out of the picture at Anfield and he is keen to move on.
"FC Barcelona will shortly inform everyone about the arrival of the player and the agenda of the presentation ceremony".
"I really enjoyed the time in Munich". I would like to thank the club for giving me the 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 becomes Barca's fourth major signing of the transfer window, following Arthur, Bordeaux winger Malcom and Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet to Catalonia.