CHELSEA have taken the first steps to signing Bayern Munich star Arturo Vidal, according to reports.
Chelsea have been tipped to sign Vidal from Bayern Munich with the player previously playing under Antonio Conte at Bayern Munich.
The Chile international’s time at the Allianz Arena appears to be drawing to a close, with Bayern closing in on the signing of Leon Goretzka.
And German newspaper Sport Bild say that Chelsea have taken the first steps to securing Vidal’s signature.
It is said that Conte has personally sounded out the player about making the move to Stamford Bridge.
Bayern are open to offers for Vidal, whose contract expires in the summer of 2019.
Bild say Chelsea have promised Vidal that his salary will be doubled should he make the move to the Premier League.
And the Blues are reportedly confident of landing their man for just £31million.
Vidal has previously been linked with a move to England with Manchester United.
But Chelsea, it now seems, are best-placed to sign the midfielder.
Meanwhile, journalist Manuel Veth claims Vidal will be reunited with Conte at Chelsea.
“Sense has been for quite some time that Bayern had nailed down Goretzka,” he wrote on Twitter.
“We will likely find out as early as tomorrow if the deal has in fact gone through.
“Goretzka to Bayern would also explain Arturo Vidal’s link to Chelsea.
“From what I understand it is likely the Chilean will be re-united with Conte next summer if/when the Goretzka deal goes through.”