Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal: Gunners confident of wrapping up £30m deal for Barcelona forward

The Gunners are believed to have fought off competition from Liverpool and Juventus to sign the Chile international

Arsenal are confident of completing a £30 million deal for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners reportedly lodged their bid last week after being informed of Barcelona's intention to sell, and after seeing their offer accepted, Sanchez's representatives have travelled to London to finalise the transfer.

It is understood that the 25-year-old instructed his representatives to conclude negotiations with the Gunners after deciding to shun offers from both Liverpool and Juventus.

It would be the second highest in the club's history after the £42.5 million acquisition of Mesut Özil in September 2013, is expected to be finalised next week, with Sanchez poised to sign a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium.

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Sanchez enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign with Chile, scoring twice in four games to help his country reach the quarter-finals. However, the former Udinese attacker has been given the green light to leave Barcelona as new coach Luis Enrique attempts to rebuild the squad at the Camp Nou.

Liverpool were keen to include Sanchez in a player-plus-cash deal for Suarez, and was thought that this would affect Luis Suarez's transfer to Barcelona. But reports in Spain suggest that both clubs have accepted his decision to opt for London over Anfield.

 

Sanchez. who signed for Barcelona in a £34 million deal in 2011, scored 21 goals in all competitions last season.

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