Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal: Barcelona forward 'completes medical' as he finalises move to Gunners
Sanchez is expected to complete his £30m move to Arsenal by the end of the week
Alexis Sanchez arrived in London to add the finishing touches to his £30m move to Arsenal, completing a medical to secure a move away from Barcelona.
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According to reports, the Chilean underwent a successful medical in the capital with Arsenal expected to announce the signing of the 25-year-old by the end of the week.
Sanchez returned to Barcelona earlier this week after Chile were knocked out of the World Cup by hosts Brazil, and providing there are no complications in negotiations and his medical, the move could be sealed by Thursday.
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It could kick-start a busy few days for the Gunners, with moves for Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers set to be pushed through. Having seen his rivals already make some major moves in the transfer market, it appears Arsene Wenger is keen to get his own transfer business out of the way early this summer, unlike what has been the precedent in recent years.
Sanchez had been linked with a move to Liverpool as part of the Luis Suarez deal that will take the controversial striker the other way, but the Chile international snubbed a move to Anfield as his preferred destination was the Emirates. Juventus were also in for Sanchez, but his arrival in London signals a major coup for the FA Cup champions who are looking to build on the end of their trophy drought with further success next season.
Speculation linking Sanchez with a move to Arsenal intensified on Wednesday night when Sanchez's barber confirmed that he had said his goodbyes.
"Alexis Sanchez said goodbye," Carlos Moles said on his Facebook page. "Just as the newspaper ‘Sport’ confirmed, Alexis Sanchez is leaving FC Barcelona to start a new phase of his career at Arsenal.
"During the three seasons that he was at Barca, the whole team at Carlosmoles salon, enjoyed having him."
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There is also talk of a move materialising for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender whose interested the Gunners in the past, while Sami Khedira’s impressive showing in the World Cup so far has prompted talk of a move to the Premier League should he leave Real Madrid this summer. While the three signings appear to be on the verge of completion, Wenger is said to be keen on strengthening his squad even further.
Alexis Sanchez and apparently his barber Carlos Moles in Barcelona yesterday They need a goalkeeper to replace Lukasz Fabianski, who has joined Swansea on a free transfer after his contract expired.
One player who has been linked with leaving Arsenal is Mikel Arteta, after Fiorentina were reported to be monitoring the Spaniard who is in the final year of his contract. However, his agent has stressed that Arteta does not want to leave London, and has quashed reports that a move to Italy is imminent.
Former Arsenal right back Lee Dixon appeared to prematurely announce the arrival of Sanchez and right back Mathieu Debuchy on his Twitter page.
Just spoke to Arsene. He's very happy about Sanchez and Debuchy— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) July 10, 2014
Arsenal will also unveil their new kit with German sportswear brand Puma this week.
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