Chile international Arturo Vidal has confirmed that he will move from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen to Juventus.
The long-running transfer saga is almost at an end, with Juve winning the race for the dynamic midfielder, who was also courted by Bayern Munich, among others. Vidal revealed that he is eagerly anticipating the move.
"I am happy, this is a big and important step in my career. I take a lot of experience with me from Germany and I know that I can achieve a lot with Juventus," he told Bild before boarding the flight to Turin.
The deal began to near completion yesterday when Bayer Leverkuen sporting director Rudi Voller travelled to Italy for negotiations. The 24-year-old, who can operate in defence or midfield, will sign a five-year deal and earn around €3 million a season, according to Bild.
Italian publication Tuttosport reported yesterday afternoon that Juventus will pay €10.5m up front, which could rise to €12m. 30 per cent of the transfer fee is due to be paid to Vidal's former club Colo-Colo.
Leverkusen were unwilling to sell their prized asset to rivals Bayern Munich, and with the Chilean's contract up in June 2012, they decided to sell him this summer rather than risk losing him for nothing.