Arsenal have suffered a blow in signing Arturo Vidal after Bayern Munich agreed a deal with Juventus in signing the midfielder.
The 28-year-old had an impressive 2014/15 season with the Old Lady as they sealed a domestic double and were denied a treble by Barcelona, who defeated them 3-1 in the final earlier in June.
Vidal continued his impressive form for Chile as he played a crucial role in helping his national side win the 2015 Copa America by defeating Argentina. His form had attracted interest from the Gunners as they were keen on securing the midfielder's services, according to Spanish publication Cadena Cope.
Bayern managed to beat Arsenal in landing the Chilean international after the German club confirmed it on their official website a deal has been agreed between the two clubs in bringing Vidal to the Allianz Arena.
The Bundesliga champions' chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Vidal's switch to Bayern is subjected to a medical and personal terms.
"I can basically confirm we have agreed terms with both parties, Juventus Turin and the player. All that's missing is the medical and signature on the contract," Rummenigge told Bayern's official website.
"Assuming the formalities are completed as normal, he'll start training with us next week."
Bayern allowed their star Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave the club as the German international completed a move to Manchester United. Vidal is likely to take the place of the 30-year-old midfielder in the squad.
With the South American deciding to join Bayern, it is a blow for the Gunners who were reportedly believed to be in the race in signing him. The Daily Mail suggested Bayern midfielder Mario Gotze was set to be included in a swap deal, which will see them sign Vidal from Juventus.
However, no swap deal has been agreed and Rummenigge has advised Gotze to continue with his current employers.
"I have the impression he wants to stay here and will. If I was his agent, I'd advise him to stay at Bayern and go flat out. He has the potential and the talent to establish himself here over the long term. It's important he takes on the battle for places," the Bayern chairman explained.