Updates from Thursday, July 10
Alexis Sanchez has been snapped making his way to Arsenal for a medical that is expected to take place later on Thursday.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo provided the image of the Barcelona star, which was promptly tweeted by European football writer @SamuelJayC:
The announcement of Sanchez's much anticipated move to Arsenal may already have happened, for a brief moment.
101 Great Goals brought the claim on Thursday morning that Barcelona's website briefly flashed up the announcement, although 101 GG does clarify that it is unknown whether the image is real:
Meanwhile, Bleacher Report UK expert Guillem Balague provides details of the transfer, predicting it could happen on Thursday, per AS:
Barcelona have reached a deal with the Gunners over the Chilean’s transfer, with the Catalan outfit receiving 27.5 million pounds (34.6 million euros) for the 25-year-old.
Barça could also pocket a further three million euros from a series of add-ons included in the agreement. Sánchez will sign a four-year deal with Arsenal.
The clubs could make the transfer official in the coming hours.
Arsenal will hold their official kit launch at 11pm BST on Thursday, but BBC Sport's David Ornstein does not expect Sanchez to be part of it:
Updates from Wednesday, July 9
Alexis Sanchez will become an Arsenal player, according to TalkSport commentator and Bleacher Report UK expert Stan Collymore.
Collymore claims he spoke to Arsene Wenger directly regarding the deal:
Updates from Tuesday, July 8
Barcelona have added weight to multiple reports that Alexis Sanchez is on the cusp of a move to Arsenal.
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta would not comment directly on the deal, but he did admit Barcelona expect to conclude the exits of certain stars this week, per Marca.
Asked about outgoing players, Zubizarreta said: "Let's see if we're able to sort out some of those issues this week. We hope to have a decision on most of them."
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that Sanchez's representatives are set to head to London to finalise the move:
The Chilean's representatives are expected to arrive in London to hold talks with Gunners officials in the coming days.
Sanchez is set to be offered a similar wage as current top earner Mesut Ozil, who earns £140,000-per-week.
Updates from Sunday, July 6
Wayne Veysey of Goal.com reports Arsenal and Barcelona have agreed to fee surrounding the transfer of Alexis Sanchez:
Arsenal have agreed a £32 million fee with Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez, Goal understands.
The Gunners will now try to wrap up the transfer of the in-demand forward with further talks in the next 48 hours aimed at convincing the player to choose a move to Emirates Stadium ahead of his other suitors.
Sources have told Goal that the financial package offered to Sanchez has been agreed in principle by the player and his representatives.
Arsenal will attempt to clinch the signing by obtaining an official agreement from the Chile World Cup star, with the possibility growing that a deal could be finalised in the coming week.
Updates from Friday, July 4
Arsenal are confident of securing a quick deal for Alexis Sanchez, according to the Daily Mirror's John Cross.
Sanchez is wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool, but it appears Arsene Wenger's men are in the driving seat:
The Gunners have held talks with Sanchez's advisers and believe personal terms could be agreed quite quickly once they agree a fee with Barcelona.
Updates from Thursday, July 3
Alexis Sanchez will be offered a huge contract by Arsenal in order to tempt him to Emirates Stadium.
AS reports the following, via Metro:
According to AS, Arsenal are offering Sanchez a six-year contract worth £130,000-a-week – a significant rise on his current £75,000-a-week salary.
The 25-year-old will also be given a lucrative signing-on fee, and the north London club believe the total package will be enough to tempt the player.
With disgraced Liverpool star Luis Suarez reportedly on his way to the Nou Camp, it looked for all the world that Barcelona would be sending Alexis Sanchez in the other direction to sweeten the deal for manager Brendan Rodgers.
Yet Arsene Wenger has thrown a spanner in the works by tabling a bid to try to bring the Chile star to the Emirates, as Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph reports.
Wilson reveals that Arsenal have made a bid rumoured to be in the region of £22 million for the highly rated Sanchez, whose Anfield future is now in doubt.
One of the most sought-after players in world football, Sanchez has attracted interest from the biggest clubs in the game, but Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta revealed that no deals are yet to be done, per Wilson:
“Regarding the future of Alexis Sánchez, there have been offers for the player. But I do not know how it will all end—we are looking for a solution which will be best for everyone.”
The 25-year-old, though, reportedly hopes that the solution will involve him moving to Arsenal, with the south his preferred destination, as David Kent of the Mail Online reveals.
Kent writes that sources close to Sanchez have said that he would prefer a move to the English capital over Liverpool and will snub the Reds’ approach when the Suarez transfer saga nears completion.
Though Barcelona may not think so, Sanchez is more than just a bit of transfer-window bait and deserves more of a say on his future.
It’s no surprise to see two of England’s biggest clubs batting it out for his signature, as the attacker is one of the best in the business. He proved as much during Chile’s World Cup campaign.
Sanchez was one of the tournament’s standout performers in Brazil, and despite missing a penalty during Chile’s shootout loss to the hosts, he’s earned all of his plaudits—including those from The Telegraph’s Henry Winter:
As Winter correctly says, Sanchez would indeed be a fantastic addition to any Premier League club, and the side that manage to lure him to England will be gaining a player with raw ability and class.
He’s very similar to Suarez in his playmaking qualities, but Sanchez’s ability to grab headlines for the right reasons is what will make him a Premier League star, should a transfer be completed in the coming months.