5 reasons why Barca want to sign Vidal
- Blaugrana are reportedly close to completing the signing of the Chilian for 20m euros
- Marca's Enrique Medina looks at the reasons why Barca picked Vidal
1. Paulinho's profile
"The most recent evidence that a player like Vidal can work in this Barcelona is Paulinho who so successfully settled under Valverde last season before being sold against the wishes of the coach this summer. In his absence, the coach wants the void filled and Vidal offers similar characteristics to the Brazilian."
2. A key cog in the spine
"Vidal is an all-round, all-action player who covers distance like few others. These features would help to bring out the best in Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets and allow them to break free from time to time."
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3. Aerial play
"Another facet in Vidal's game is his ability in the air. Whether it's in defence or attack he is deceptively strong with his head and this would bring a lot to Valverde's system."
4. Leadership and character
"He did it with Chile, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and with Bayern Munich. If there is one thing that defines the midfielder it is his character and ability to lead and omit a winning mentality. He orders, corrects and makes his space his own."
5. Experience and instant impact
"Just as some signings are afforded time to settle and acclimatise, Vidal will be expected to hit the ground running and this is something that he has shown with every move he has made. His track record of performing at Europe's biggest clubs show that he is up to the task, and he should take the move in his stride."