It’s official now: Alexis Sanchez is an Arsenal player.
The Chile international had been linked with a move to the Gunners for weeks, and now he has finally joined the North London club.
According to respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, who works for Sky Sports and AS among others, the Gunners have to part with just under £30 million for the services of the 25-year-old forward.
Just a reminder of the numbers of the Alexis deal that is about to be confirmed: Arsenal will pay FCB £27.5 plus £2.3 for objectives. 4+1 yr— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) July 10, 2014
Whatever the transfer fee or the length of the contract may be, there is no doubt that Arsenal have landed one of the best attacking players in the world, and they have been quick to have him pose in their colours.
Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2014
During his three years at Barcelona, Sanchez scored 39 goals in 88 appearances, and won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
The former Udinese star was also instrumental in guiding Chile to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring two goals in four matches in the process.
New Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is changing the look of his squad, and it appears that there was no place for Sanchez.
But there is plenty of space at Arsenal for the former Colo-Colo star, who could be the man to bring the best out of playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Given his pace and power, Sanchez could find himself at the end of many great through-balls and killer passes from the Germany international and score lots of goals.
Liverpool and Italian champions Juventus were reportedly interested in Sanchez, but it is Arsenal who have managed to sign him.
And what a signing it is!