Cologne - In Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas, the Bundesliga has this season acquired three stars fresh from helping Chile to victory at the Copa America.
Vidal, captain of the newly-crowned South American champions, swapped current Serie A top dogs Juventus FC for their German counterparts, FC Bayern München. Aranguiz was snapped up by Bayer 04 Leverkusen, only to promptly rupture his Achilles tendon in training. The 26-year-old midfielder is now unlikely to make his competitive debut for the Werkself before March 2016.
Last of the Chilean trio to arrive was Vargas, signed by 1899 Hoffenheim from SSC Napoli a week before the close of the transfer window. The 25-year-old attacking all-rounder was four-goal top scorer at the Copa América and, like Vidal and and Aranguiz, a key player for La Roja as they won the prestigious and long-established tournament for the first time, beating Argentina on penalties in the final on home turf.
Rodriguez to join too?
Alongside the newcomers, the Bundesliga is also home to another three current Chile internationals who also lifted the continental title in July: Hannover 96's Stockholm-born left-back Miiko Albornoz, Hamburger SV relegation play-off hero Marcelo Diaz and 1. FSV Mainz 05 defensive all-rounder Gonzalo Jara.
Their ranks could shortly be further swelled by VfL Wolfsburg's Francisco Rodriguez. The 19-year-old attacking talent has played for Switzerland U-21s but, unlike his elder brother and Wolf pack leader Ricardo, has yet to commit himself at full international level – and the Chilean FA is pursuing him with no little intent.