Balague gives verdict on imminent Arsenal - Alexis deal status, fee, value for money

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Arsenal are reported to be closing in on signing Alexis Sanchez.

Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague believes Arsenal's signing of Alexis Sanchez is imminent.

The SkySports and AS newspaper columnist took to Twitter to praise the potential transfer.

If his comment regarding Arsene Wenger being the big attraction is accurate, it shows the value the Frenchman is still able to offer Arsenal.

Wenger was decisive last summer in tempting Mesut Ozil away from Real Madrid, and now they look set to strike again by capturing another top La Liga superstar.

Sanchez impressed at the World Cup with Chile, as well as scoring 19 goals in 27 starts in La Liga last season.

Spanish newspaper Marca last night reported Barcelona want to sell him this week, as they look to get their finances in order amid their own pursuit of Luis Suarez.

When considering the astronomical figure Suarez could cost Barcelona, anticipated to near the world record £86 million fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale last summer, snapping up Alexis Sanchez for around £32 million appears a bargain.

The deal may just be one of the best of the summer so far in terms of value. Chelsea will feel they have bargains in terms of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa for a combined £60 million, but Manchester United and Liverpool paying the same amount for Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana demonstrates the opposite side of the scale.

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