Arsenal Transfer News: Alexis Sanchez Deal Close, Gunners Set to Beat Juventus

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 03: Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Nou Camp on May 3, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are "very confident" of signing Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona after Andoni Zubizarreta, the Catalan club's sporting director, admitted potential Camp Nou exits are likely to begin appearing across the next week.

John Cross of the Mirror indicates his fellow Gunners fans can start to consider a future with Sanchez in the lineup during his interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT, where he admitted Juventus will struggle to compete with Arsenal's financial clout:

Arsenal are very confident of getting the deal done. Their biggest rivals to this one is Juventus, but I'm not sure they have actually got the cash to stump up a deal. If Arsenal can agree it quickly, then there is a deal there to be done. It is not a done deal yet, but they do seem confident on it and hopefully they can get it over the line.

Tony Barrett of The Times (subscription required) reports Liverpool "have conceded defeat" in their hunt for the Chilean forward, who has gained plenty of plaudits for his World Cup performances. Barrett also provided an update on the entire situation via Twitter:

Arsenal are used to being linked with big players and eventually missing out—with Gonzalo Higuain being the most memorable in recent times—but it seems momentum is heading toward Sanchez agreeing to an Emirates deal.

Comments made by Zubizarreta also suggest Sanchez will be on his way. When asked whether any outgoing transfers will be taking place to offset the £62 million set to be spent on Luis Suarez, he admitted player exits are on the horizon.

"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," said Zubizarreta, per Marca. The Spanish publication also notes Sanchez is "more up for a move to the London club" with regards to Arsenal, per an alternate report.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 16: Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on March 16, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Image
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James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo cites "the desire of Sanchez's family to live in the capital as key to his decision." Speeding things up, Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail believes Arsenal wish to tie up a deal by early next week, while Sanchez's agent is expected to fly to London during the "coming days."

Such a vast spread of reports highlights the rapidly moving nature of this potential transfer. Most promisingly for Arsenal fans, all can agree it is the North London club that are closest to securing Sanchez's future.

He isn't the out-and-out striker Arsene Wenger desperately needs, but there's no doubt Sanchez's world-class quality can significantly improve the Gunners' attacking output. He scored 19 goals in 34 appearances for Barcelona last season, per, and is versatile enough to play on either wing or through the middle.

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadium on April 20, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Sanchez's speed, dribbling skill and lethality will slot straight into Wenger's plans. The Frenchman will hope the player's busyness can up the intensity of players such as Mesut Ozil, who has more to give in the famous red and white shirt.

All the signs are pointing toward Sanchez becoming an Arsenal player soon. If this happens, he may just be a bigger coup than Wenger's splurge for the aforementioned German during last summer's transfer window.