If we were to stick exclusively to the matches that Barcelona has played this season in Europe, Arturo Vidal would occupy the twelfth place in the table of players with more minutes, that is, it would be the first natural replacement of the coach Ernesto Valverde. In fact, he has played in all matches, with the exception of the first against Borussia at Dortmund (0-0), being also a starter in two: Slavia Prague (0-0) and Inter Milan (1-2). After De Jong (477), Busquets (347) and Arthur (264), he is the midfielder with the most minutes, with 243, beating Rakitic (199).
In LaLiga, however, its presence is diluted to the fifteenth place in the list of most used players. And still lucky that he played the ninety minutes in the last game of the year, Alavés (4-1), because until that time he occupied the sixteenth position, surpassed even by striker Carles Pérez. In LaLiga, he is only above Carles Aleñá (170) among the midfielders, being surpassed by the rest and by much difference.
It is strange this abysmal difference between the Champions League and LaLiga, especially because its performance in the domestic championship is unquestionable: with five goals he is the fourth top player of the team and needless to say the team’s most goalscoring midfielder.
Hence, it takes a lot to get rid of a player in Barcelona that brings a very different profile to the rest of the players in the medular. Apart from the goal, his ability to sacrifice, claw, thrust and character make him a perfect counterpoint to the rest of the profiles that the team has in midfield.
Inter Milan is today the team that has shown a greater interest in taking the Chilean in the winter market, but if the transfer of Aleñá al Betis is finally confirmed, it is very difficult for Valverde to agree to part with two midfielders of a tug, especially since Sergi Roberto, every day more, has assumed his role as a side before interior. In addition, the fact that the Italian team is out of the Champions League could also be a serious handicap for the blaugrana.