According to very reliable journalists, including Fabrizio Romano and Gianluca Di Marzio, Arturo Vidal to Inter is confirmed. An agreement between Barcelona and the Italian club has been reached for a transfer fee of just €1m.
The price tag on Vidal is obviously symbolic — since a 33-year-old Vidal is not worth a lot, the Catalan club is more focused on getting rid of the player’s wage.
The Chilean midfielder is expected to arrive in Milan tomorrow to complete his transfer. Reportedly, Vidal will sign a two-year deal, earning him €6m net per season.
Arturo Vidal has joined Barcelona in August 2018 for a €18m transfer fee, leaving German giants Bayern Munich. Since then, the midfielder has played a total of 4989 minutes in a Barça jersey, featuring in 96 games in which he scored 11 goals and made 10 assists.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.