Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has tried to “convince” Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal into signing for Chelsea with a sizeable contract offer, according to La Cuarta.
The Chilean newspaper reports that the Blues boss called Vidal, and offered the 30 year old an $18m (£13.46m) a year, four year contract, which works out at roughly £259,000 a week.
Conte worked with the Chilean international between 2011 and 2013 when he was at Juventus, and has never hidden his admiration for the player. Whether the club would sanction a four year deal for a player above 30 years of age though, it remains to be seen.
Still, Vidal’s contract does expire in 2019, and he could be available for a lot lower than the €60million price tag which La Cuarta say that Bayern have placed on his head.
There have been reports that the Bundesliga champions are looking to extend the midfielder’s contract at the Allianz Arena, however it is reported that the Chilean would be hesitant to sign any new deal as he doesn’t want to limit his options if he does decide to move clubs in the future.