The news hit hard last night & is doing the rounds across the Spanish Sports newspapers this morning. The signing by FC BARCELONA of Chilean 23 year old International & UDINESE player ALEXIS SANCHEZ is imminent with a full announcement in hours.
The final transfer number dances from source to source but the most talked about figure is around 43M€ with Italian Club Udinese giving their OK ( 27M€ up front, with the 16M€ resting in quotes, friendly games, Champions League objectives & other formulas). The player receives a 5 year contract & I would believe an interesting salary that hasn´t been disclosed at this point.
Interesting to see how with very limited cash resources at Barcelona, the Club has put Sanchez as priority over Cesc Fabregas. Imagine how the player must be feeling & thinking after observing that he is a second dish. In fact, media observers have commented these last few days that President Sandro Rosell does not see Fabregas as a "do or die" objective & that the player would come after in "reasonable" conditions. Barca has offered around the 25 - 29M€ area while Arsenal wants to get paid 40M€.
Cesc Fabregas may be "blindly" in love with FC Barcelona but the Club follows other emotions far from matters of the soul. The current Arsenal player may realize this brutal fact if he finally manages to get to Camp Barça where he can contemplate the on the bench the higher questions of "Football love".
LATEST - 22.00 Spanish Time Chelsea FC has apparently ( said by Udinese) made a last minute super offer that has "halted" things in the final finish line. In most cases the player will have the last say & it all points ( if nothing has changed in the last hours) that Alexis Sanchez desires to play at Barca. Stay tuned!