Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes all-but confirms Arturo Vidal’s move to Inter Milan as he thanks midfielder for his service to the club: ‘He has been an important part of the team’
- Ramon Planes has all-but confirmed Arturo Vidal’s departure from the club
- The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan this summer
- Planes indicated that the deal to take him from Spain to Italy was edging closer
Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes has all-but confirmed Arturo Vidal’s departure from the club.
The midfielder was left out of Ronald Koeman’s squad for the Catalan giants’ pre-season friendly against Gimnastic last weekend and has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan.
Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal appears to be on the verge of moving to Inter Milan
‘We are in the negotiation process. We are in the front of a market with a lot of restriction. The clubs are affected by what has been caused by the virus,’ Planes said at Miralem Pjanic’s unveiling on Tuesday.
‘We have to be attentive to our objectives and know well what we want. Every case will be evaluated individually.’
Planes hailed Vidal for his commitment to Barcelona and thanked him for his service to the club.
Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes has all-but confirmed Vidal’s departure from club
Vidal has made 96 appearances for Barcelona after joining from Bayern Munich back in 2018
‘I want to take this opportunity to thank Vidal,’ he added. ‘He has a huge heart and always shown dedication. He has been an important part of the team. He transmits a lot of energy.’
Vidal, who is expected to fly to Italy today to sign for Inter, has made 96 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists, after joining from German giants Bayern Munich in 2018.
The 33-year-old slammed Barcelona last month for only having ’13 professionals’ and bringing in so many youth players as well as claiming ‘extraterrestrial’ Lionel Messi has been asked to carry the team on his own.
Koeman is overhauling the squad this summer after taking over the reins at the Nou Camp following Quique Setien’s exit.
Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte has been interested in signing Vidal and move is edging closer