Antonio Conte has claimed he would want to 'go to war' with Vidal.
The only question is whether Chelsea are able to prise the Chilean away from Bayern. And if Vidal's transformation in the last few weeks is anything to go by, that may prove to be an impossible task. Just six weeks ago, it didn't seem unlikely at all. While Bayern had restored their brutish dominance over the Bundesliga under Jupp Heynckes, Vidal's stock had fallen.
Vidal had not enjoyed the best start to the season. Yet as Bayern struggled under Carlo Ancelotti, he at least showed some spirit, launching himself into tackles with his usual brutish gusto. Once Heynckes arrived to steady the ship, however, that gusto started to look more like aggression and lack of control. The rest of the team stabilised, but Vidal continued to scamper around erratically. When he wasn't looking lost, he was trying too hard.