Football: Vidal poised to complete Bayern switch

Football: Vidal poised to complete Bayern switch
A photo taken on March 18, 2015 in Dortmund shows Juventus' midfielder Arturo Vidal (R) leaving the pitch after the Round of 16, second-leg UEFA Champions League football match Borussia Dortmund vs Juventus. Vidal is to leave Turin to join the German first football league Bundesliga team Bayern Munich, the Bavarian club's president confirmed on July 23, 2015.
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BERLIN - Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal is poised to complete his switch from Juventus to Bayern Munich in the coming days after flying to Bavaria on Monday for a medical.

The 28-year-old posted a picture of himself and agent Fernando Felicevich on Twitter on Monday sat on a plane with the caption: "A new stage....a new dream...Munich here we come." The Chilean international is now expected to pass a medical to complete the deal which Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed was imminent last Thursday having agreed a transfer fee with the Serie A champions.

A key component in the Juventus team that reached last month's Champions League final, Vidal is expected to slot into Bayern's midfield as a replacement for Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has joined Manchester United.

Vidal is set for his second stint in the Bundesliga having spent four seasons at Bayer Leverkusen from 2007-2011.

He converted a spot-kick in Chile's 4-1 penalty shoot-out win over Argentina earlier this month that saw them win the Copa America and was named in the team of the tournament.

However, his tournament was also overshadowed by an arrest for drink driving after he crashed his Ferrari as he was returning to the capital Santiago after an evening at a casino. His wife, who was with him in the car, was injured.

German champions Bayern have just completed a tour of China and will start the new Bundesliga season at home to Hamburg on Friday, August 14.

They will be bidding to make history by becoming the first team to win four consecutive Bundesliga titles.

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