Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £34 million fee with Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez having already agreed terms with him few days back, according to reports. The Chilean international could be the gunners’ star signing of the summer if things go according to plan. Sanchez is widely expected to be sold in order to help Barcelona raise money for the signing of Luis Suarez from Liverpool. Sanchez moved to Barcelona at the start of the 2011-12 season for €26 million along with the promise of €11 million in the future depending upon performances.
Selling him for €42 million will represent a significant profit for the Catalan club and one that will help sign Suarez for a reported €95 million.Premier League betting odds from Betfair.com places Arsenal as only the fourth favourites for the title. They are just 8/1 to win the title, but the signing of Sanchez could bring a significant shift in these odds. In comparison, Chelsea are 7/4 while Manchester City are 2/1 to win the title.
Arsene Wenger clearly has seen the benefits of signing experienced players, as the likes of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil have proven to be influential in helping Arsenal end the trophy drought last season.
Sanchez was initially mentioned in a swap deal, in order to reduce the transfer fee of Luis Suarez, with Liverpool. Sanchez, though, is understood to be not keen on joining the Merseyside outfit, which puts the Suarez deal on balance. Arsenal’s entry into the picture is likely to set in motion a number of deals across Europe.
Arsenal are also aware of the interest from Juventus, who have long been linked with Sanchez. Offering return to Italian football where Sanchez blossomed a few years ago will certainly hold an advantage for the current Italian champions. On the contrary, Arsenal will be able to offer better wages and the possibility of playing in the latter stages of the Champions League.
Sanchez has won all major titles – apart from the Champions League – with Barcelona. After a difficult start to his life at the Camp Nou, the 25-year-old had his best season so far by scoring 21 goals and creating 15 assists last season. Sanchez was also crucial behind Chile’s foray into the last 16 of the World Cup 2014. He scored two goals at the World Cup, as the Latin American team came close to beating hosts Brazil in the tournament.
Betfair gives odds of 8/13 for Arsenal to finish in the top four in the coming season. This could also improve upon the arrival of Sanchez.
Juventus are aware of the interest surrounding midfielder Vidal. The exit of the Chilean may see them focus more on getting Sanchez in the next few weeks. Arsenal would ideally be interested to complete the deal before the interest from Italy gets hot for the 25-year-old. Arsenal have also been linked with Italian international Mario Balotelli, but those rumours seem to have come more from the agent than from real interest.
Arsene Wenger recently dismissed rumours linking Arsenal with Balotelli. The club has so far been quiet about Sanchez.