La Liga expert says Arsenal likeliest to sign Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez Chile

Barcelona forward who dazzled for Chile at the World Cup is wanted by Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester City but if Arsenal front the cash he's theirs.

There are many clubs in the running for the race to sign Barcelona and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, according to La Liga expert Graham Hunter, who lists Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester City amongst the interested parties but claims Arsenal are the likeliest to win his coveted signature.

Barcelona are reportedly in negotiations with Liverpool over the transfer of prolific yet notorious goal-scorer Luis Suarez and the Reds "want Alexis Sanchez in the deal", however, due to personal preferences on the part of the South American, "Barcelona don't seem to think that is going to happen."

 World Cup NationTouch /AppChance CreatedAssistDribble /AppShot /AppShot AccGoalAppMin
Sánchez Chile 69.8 7 1 8.5 1.8 57.1% 2 4 390

Sanchez was an ever-present in the World Cup for Chile, competing in every single available minute of every game, including extra-time. During those 390 minutes, he scored twice, provided one assist, created seven goal-scoring opportunities (one every 55 minutes) and attempted an extraordinary 34 dribbles.

"There is a big queue of suitors for him, and there was before his positive World Cup," said Hunter. "Juventus made an agreement with him a week before the World Cup, and they're very keen. Arsenal want him and, at the moment, that’s the most likely destination."

A potential stumbling block in Arsenal's ability to land Sanchez would be whether Manchester City enter the bidding process.

There is currently ambiguity over the future of Alvaro Negredo who, MARCA claim, is one of a handful of strikers Atletico Madrid are looking at in order to replace Diego Costa. Should Negredo leave the Etihad Stadium then City could be tempted to sign Sanchez.

On this scenario, Hunter said: "I would not rule out a move from Manuel Pellegrini's side."

However, the Manchester Evening News have long hoped to provide clarity to Negredo's situation and reinforced the player's status yesterday: "Negredo, who has achieved cult status in his first season, is not for sale."

This, of course, leaves Arsenal who are "willing to offer big money" which Barcelona will then use in order to fortify their Suarez fund.

Manager Arsene Wenger even stated this week that out of all the nations who competed in the World Cup, it was Chile's group stage performances that will leave a lasting impression. An admission that he is perhaps watching the Chileans - Sanchez and maybe Arturo Vidal - in order to help him decide whether to lure their players to the Emirates Stadium.

"If [Sanchez] leaves the Nou Camp his most likely destination is Arsenal… Arsenal lead the queue," Hunter concluded.

Alexis has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £26.4 million.

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