Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal is set to sign for Real Madrid, according to Chilean newspaper La Tercera.
The midfield enforcer has been a key member of the Chile side that went all the way in the Copa America and lifted the trophy after defeating Argentina on penalties in the final on Saturday evening.
And with the tournament now over, reports in his homeland say the 28-year-old just needs to sign the contract and the move will be final, with the two teams having already agreed a fee.
The newspaper says Vidal, also a target for Arsenal, will sign a five-year deal with the 10-time Champions League winners. Should Real complete the deal, Vidal will be seen as a replacement for Sami Khedira, who joined the Chilean’s current employers on a free transfer last month after failing to agree a new deal at Real.
Adding to the weight of the stories in the Chilean press, UK journalist Tim Vickery, an expert on South American football said he believes Arsenal will miss out on Vidal as it appears he is close to joining Los Merengues.
Speaking to radio station talkSport, he said: “You could see him doing well in the Premier League, but word in the Chilean press is that the only thing lacking for him to join Real Madrid is his signature on the paper.”