Thursday, 10 July 2014

Arsenal land Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez with the ball 
ARSENAL have completed the signing of Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Chile international, 25, had a medical this afternoon after the two clubs agreed a fee, thought to be around £30million.
Sanchez rejected offers from Liverpool and Juventus and has signed a long-term deal reportedly worth £140,000 a week.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his delight at securing the attacker after a long negotiation process.

“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," he told

“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."
Sanchez, who scored 39 goals in 88 appearances over three seasons at Barcelona, 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.”

Liverpool had pinned much of their hopes on signing the forward as a replacement for Luis Suarez, who is expected to complete his £80m transfer to Barcelona within the week.

But Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to look elsewhere for a attacking replacement, with Belgium international Divock Origi spotted at Liverpool's Melwood training ground yesterday.

The club are also close to landing Lazar Markovic from Benfica for a £25m fee, adding to the £40m already spent on Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can this summer.

The Gunners, meanwhile, are expected to sign French right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for £11m in the next 24 hours.

Debuchy is seen as a direct replacement for long-serving full-back Bacary Sagna, who signed for title rivals Manchester City this summer.

Alongside Debuchy negotiations, Arsene Wenger is in talks with Queens Park Rangers over the £8m signing of striker Loic Remy, though Newcastle United have mounted a late bid for a permanent deal for the player who was a success for them on loan last season.

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