Chilean winger on his way to the Nou Camp.
Alexis Sanchez is set to join Barcelona from Udinese for a fee of £23m, which could rise as high as £33m.
The Chilean winger, who will undergo a medical on Monday, has signed a five-year deal with the La Liga and Champions League holders.
Sanchez, 22, was voted Serie A’s best player last season having scored 12 times in 31 games.
Sanchez, who has 40 caps for Chile, signed for Udinese in 2006 from Chilean side Cobreloa.
Should the deal reach the maximum £33m, it will be Barcelona’s second most expensive signing having paid Inter Milan £40m for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a move that saw Samuel Eto’o move in the opposite direction.
“Sanchez is very young,” said Barca coach Pep Guardiola.
“He can play in all three attacking positions, he shows intense defensive skills, he’s direct and from what I’ve been told, he’s a very nice kid.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
So Pep Guardiola finally got his man and will now presumably look to capture his other long term target, a certain Cesc Fabregas. Alexis Sanchez was also chased by a number of other European giants and one wonders who exactly the Nou Camp side will slot the former Udinese man into their attacking plans.
If deployed in his wide role the 22 year old may well fight for a spot with Pedro or David Villa who last season worked as part of a attacking trio with Leo Messi in the central role.
The Chilean winger has had three consistent seasons in Serie A where he had established himself as a feared opponent who is known for his pace and his ability to beat his man as well as scoring his fair share of goals into the bargain.
Guardiola is thought to be looking to offload a few players this summer to help balance the books and the likes of Jeffren and Bojan may well be set for an exit from the Catalan giants.