Chilean wide man on his way to the Nou Camp.
Alexis Sanchez snubs Manchester City and Manchester United to join Barcelona in £32m deal
Barcelona appear to have won the race with Manchester City and Manchester United to sign Alexis Sanchez. The Chile winger is expected to complete a £32 million move to the European champions from Udinese this week.
Delegations from both Manchester clubs — led by City chief executive Garry Cook and his United counterpart, David Gill – met Gino Pozzo, the transfer supremo at Udinese, last week to begin discussions over the 22 year-old as the Italian side looked to establish which suitors were prepared to meet their asking price.
Pozzo also held talks with two Italian sides — believed to be Juventus and Inter Milan — as well as meeting Barcelona’s sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, and vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Sources in Chile and Spain have suggested it is the Catalan side who were first to offer Udinese an acceptable proposal, agreeing to pay around £25 million up front and a further £7 million in performance-related clauses.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
By all accounts Chile have released Alexis Sanchez from the Copa America training camp so that the 22 year old Udinese man can complete a deal to sign for Barcelona and so end a long running transfer saga that saw a number of sides chasing the talented winger.
Man City and Man United were both said to be close to clinching the Udinese man, who last season helped his side to a maiden Champions League berth after netting 12 goals and assisting many as he built up a good relationship with top scorer Antonio Di Natale.
One wonders where exactly Sanchez will fit into Pep Guardiola’s first team plans and such a move may increase speculation that David Villa may be sold to Chelsea or perhaps Sanchez will challenge youngster Pedro for his spot in the Nou Camp starting eleven?