By Jim Knight
Pep Guardiola's newest recruit was a losing finalist with former club Juventus but the bookmakers make the German champions second favourites ahead of the new season
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has moved to strengthen his midfield ahead of the new season, bringing in Chile international Arturo Vidal from Italian champions Juventus for a fee reported to be in the region of €40 million.
Vidal has had a busy and at times controversial summer, securing a maiden Copa America title with La Roja after losing out to Barcelona in the Champions League final with his former club in June.
Unsurprisingly, betting on the Bavarian giants to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title won't make punters rich, with just 1/10 (1.10) available on Guardiola's men finishing top of their domestic league with bet365.
Vidal joins Douglas Costa in Munich and the newest addition to the German champions is likely to be tasked with filling the void left by Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to Manchester United.
Having secured two Champions League titles at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola's desire to bring European glory
to Bayern during his tenure is well known and bet365 currently offer 5/1 (6.0) on the 2012/13 Champions League winners securing another title in what could be the 44-year-old's final season at the Allianz Arena.
The only club listed ahead of Bayern in the Champions League market are a club the coach knows well, Barcelona, who will be seeking to defend their European crown and justify their 3/1 (4.0) favouritism.
The odds have recently been slashed on Guardiola being Manchester City's next permanent manager, with speculation that he could be set to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad after the last of his three contracted years in Munich.
Juventus were relative outsiders to win the Champions League last season and Vidal's departure, as well as the loss of Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, sees them listed as longshots to go one better than their second placed finish this season, with bet365 offering 20/1 (21.0) about the Turin club winning Europe's Premier club competition.
bet365 don't expect the Old Lady to struggle domestically though, they're just 8/13 (1.62) to secure a fifth straight Serie A crown.