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Thought to be headed to Inter Milan, the Chilean midfielder may switch gears and head to Camp Nou as the Nerazzurri are focused on Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić.

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In a stunning turn of events, Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal may not be heading to Inter Milan after all. Instead, Vidal may join Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona.

Per a report by Sport, Vidal is allegedly set to make the move to Camp Nou for the next leg of his illustrious career.

Arturo Vidal has all the numbers to be a FC Barcelona player. The Catalan club and the Chilean midfielder have reached a verbal agreement depending on what may happen with Adrien Rabiot in the coming hours. Barca has moved fast to sign one of the great market opportunities. Because the Chilean midfielder will leave Bayern Munich for a reasonable price and the player is also willing to receive a moderate fee.

The report states that contact between Barcelona and Vidal was initially made a week ago and that the number being discussed is €30M. Vidal could be the contingency plan for Barca as Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has not yet made a commitment to leave his current club despite many rumors.

Barça’s sporting director contacted Vidal a week ago and quickly reached an agreement regarding his salary. In the past few hours, a compromise has also been reached with Bayern to complete the transfer for around 30 million euros. Everything depends on the outcome of the Rabiot case. If the Frenchman does not manage to break with PSG and open official negotiations with Barça, the club will pull the trigger on signing the Chilean international.

Vidal traveled with his Bayern teammates to training camp in Tegernsee, but he now may need to catch the next jet to Catalonia.

Vidal could travel in the coming hours to Barcelona to undergo an exhaustive medical examination. The 31-year-old Chilean midfielder has been in Barça’s orbit for several seasons. Barça already sounded him out last season, but ultimately signed Paulinho. After the Brazilian’s departure, Vidal’s name was on the table as an alternative and now he might effectively be signed.

In the most hilarious plot twist of all, it was Vidal’s son, Alonso, who broke the news via his You Tube channel, which has to be a first. Football Espana — for some odd reason — found the specific video (which we have not yet tracked down). We covered this wacky part of the story in the Daily Schmankerl this morning as well:

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is being linked with a possible move to Barcelona from an unlikely source. The player’s son Alonsito took to YouTube to reveal that his father has two options to get his career back on track when he leaves the Allianz Arena – Barcelona and Inter.