Chelsea are making moves towards signing Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich, according to German publication Bild.
Antonio Conte wants to link up once again with Vidal, who played under him at Juventus, and is keen to bring the Chilean midfielder to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
As a result, we’ve decided to take a look at the stats comparing the 30-year-old to Chelsea’s central midfielders so far this season.
Vidal has made 14 appearances in the Bundesliga so far this season, with 11 of those coming from the start.
In those matches, he has scored five and created two as his Bayern side sit comfortably at the top of the German league.
Cesc Fabregas, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante have five Premier League goals between them, putting Vidal in a far superior position.
Fabregas alone, however, has four assists in the Premier League, with Bakayoko equal to Vidal on two.
Vidal was not directly involved in any goals in the Champions League group stage, whereas Bakayoko and Fabregas scored and created one each.
#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.
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) December 31, 2017
So far this season, Vidal has averaged 2.2 key passes per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga.
Once again, master creator Fabregas beats him in this category, averaging 4 per 90 minutes of Premier League action, but Kante (1.6), Drinkwater (1.1) and Bakayoko (0.7) sit behind Vidal when it comes to creating chances for team-mates.
Vidal averages 67.3 accurate passes per 90 minutes this term. Bakayoko is a long way behind, finding a teammate just 41.7 times per 90 minutes played.
Kante (60.7) and Drinkwater have also recorded fewer than Vidal, with the Englishman averaging 64 in the Premier League but an impressive 84.9 in the Champions League – Vidal averaging 60.2 amongst Europe’s elite.
Fabregas is once again the top dog, completing 72.8 passes per 90 minutes of Premier League action this season.
In terms of passing accuracy, Vidal has recorded an average of 90.6% in the Bundesliga this season, higher than all of Chelsea’s current options.
Only Fabregas (88.8%) beats Vidal’s record of 87.5% dribble success rota.
— Bundesliga Journal (@bulijournal) January 1, 2018
Known for his aggressive nature, Vidal averages 3.8 successful tackles per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga this season, a number higher than any of Chelsea’s midfielders.
Kante comes closest with 3.5, while Bakayoko (2.9), Drinkwater (2.7) and Fabregas (2.5) all sit some way behind the Chile international.
Bayern’s No.23 also beats the Chelsea midfield when it comes to interceptions, averaging 2.2 per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga.
Kante again comes second averaging 1.8, while Fabregas makes 1.6 interceptions per 90 minutes, Drinkwater 1.4 and Bakayoko 1.3.
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