Arturo Vidal will be a great addition- Valverde

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

Franck Ribery has paid tribute to "warrior" Arturo Vidal after the midfielder sealed a surprise £27million move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich.

No transfer fee was given but Spanish media reports said Barca will pay 18 million euros ($21 million), rising to 21 million euros, for the former Bayer Leverkusen and Juventus player.

Bayern later announced on social media that Vidal had left for Barcelona.

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"FC Barcelona expresses its gratitude to Aleix Vidal for his commitment and dedication and wishes him every success in the future".

Vidal has agreed a three-year contract with the La Liga champions and will now fly to Barcelona to undergo a medical.

Vidal will not take part in the game between Milan and Barcelona on Saturday night, but Barcelona will be glad for him to join up with the team. Having signed Germany global Leon Goretzka, 23, on a free transfer from Schalke, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said earlier this week that they had too many midfielders.

Speaking for the first time as a Barca player, Vidal - who replaces Paulinho after the Brazilian returned to Guangzhou Evergrande - said: "To be honest I am very happy".

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