Friday, July 11, 2014
WE ARE SERIOUS! ARSENAL SIGNS BARCELONA STAR, SANCHEZ
In what is seen as seriousness from fans and pundits, Arsenal have signed Chile striker, Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on a long-term contract for what is believed to be £30million.
According to the club’s official website, the forward flew in from Spain to finalise personal terms and complete a medical. He is expected to join up with his new team-mates at the end of July, after spending some time on holiday following the World Cup.
The Chilean star cut short his holiday to finalise the transfer in London, completed a medical and agreed a four-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, worth up to £140,000-per-week.
The package will put him on a par with current top earner Mesut Ozil.
The 25 year old opted for the Gunners ahead of league rivals, Liverpool and Italian Serie A champions, Juventus.
Liverpool, who were runners up in the league last season, were keen on recruiting the Chilean as part of the deal that is likely to take striker Luis Suarez from Anfield to the Nou Camp, but that is now expected to be a straight cash transfer.
Juventus had also shown strong interest in Sanchez but are reportedly closing in on Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata.
Sanchez, who has made 71 appearances for Chile, scoring 24 goals and helping his country reach the World Cup last 16 where they lost on penalties to Brazil, could not hide his joy of joining up with the gunners.
Sanchez said: “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier League and Champions League.
“I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”
Ever since Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger discovered Sanchez was available, the Chile international has been his No 1 summer transfer target.
Wenger says Sanchez is a fantastic player and would be a good addition to the team.
“As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club.
“Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks.
“He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”
In a statement on the club’s official website, Sanchez’s squad number would be revealed soon through Arsenal’s official Instagram account. His move will give Liverpool’s Urugyuan forward, Luis Suarez the green light to sign for Barcelona for £75m.
The move from Anfield to the Nou Camp could be delayed until Friday, however, as they await further clarification over the striker’s four-month ban from FIFA.
Arsenal is also expected to announce the capture of Newcastle’s £11m right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who completed his medical on Monday.
In addition to pursuing the France right full back, the Gunners are still in the market for a holding midfielder and back-up goalkeeper.