Inter Milan completed a deal to sign Arturo Vidal from Barcelona recently for 1 million euros (UGX 4,351,573,486), the clubs announced on Tuesday.
“Barcelona and Inter Milan have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Arturo Vidal,” Barca said in a statement. “The Italian team will pay FC Barcelona 1 million euros in variables.”
After joining in 2018, Vidal played 96 games for the Catalans and scored 11 goals, helping them win La Liga in his first year in Spain. However, the 33-year-old Chilean was deemed as an expendable player by the club after its previous poor season performance.
Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu had also admitted that for the club to get new players, old ones had to leave so as to give room for growth.
Vidal will be reunited with Antonio Conte at Inter, the coach he played for at Juventus between 2011 and 2015, before joining Bayern Munich and then Barca.
While at Juventus, Vidal had been nicknamed Il Guerriero (“The Warrior”) for his hard play style
Inter described the Chilean midfielder as a “warrior”. “From today, Vidal will be on the front line for the Nerazzurri, with the same objectives as ever: fighting, giving it his all, and winning,” the Italian club added.
His displays during his time at Juventus led him to be nicknamed Il Guerriero (“The Warrior”), Rey Arturo (“King Arthur”) and La Piranha by the Italian press due to his hard-tackling and aggressive, tenacious style of play.
In Chile, he is also known as Kinnikuman, due to his looking similarity to the anime character in the same anime series.
Author: Allan Bangirana
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