The North London club has agreed to pay £34 million for the Chilean star, but any move will be dependent on the completion of Luis Suárez’s transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona. Rumors also suggest that the Catalan giants are awaiting a last-minute offer from Juventus, though the Italian champions would likely be required to sell either Arturo Vidal or Paul Pogba first in order to finance such a deal.
In recent days, it had been suggested that Barcelona was keen on involving Sanchez as part of a cash+player deal to lure Suárez to the Nou Camp, but Sanchez has since rebuffed that possibility, preferring a move to either London or Turin.
Barcelona’s eagerness to both sell Sanchez and recruit Suárez has been one of the worst kept secrets in football. And given the number of publications in both countries reporting on Arsenal’s interest in Sanchez, this rumor has considerable credibility, earning a 9 out of 10 rating.
Sanchez would be another world class signing for Arsène Wenger, having already smashed Arsenal’s transfer record last summer with the purchase of Mesut Özil. But for a player of Sanchez’s quality, a £34 million price tag is perfectly justified.
He would bring much-needed pace to an Arsenal frontline that looked incredibly slow after Theo Walcott’s injury in January. The idea of an Arsenal attack with Özil flanked either side by Sanchez and Walcott is mouthwatering, meaning that this potential signing would take them to a different level entirely. Additionally, he has the versatility to provide Wenger another option through the middle, giving Arsenal the possibility of playing a 4-4-2 with Sanchez alongside Olivier Giroud. This signing would earn a 10 out of 10 rating in regards to improving Arsenal’s squad.
With Barcelona’s desire to sell Sanchez and Arsenal’s eagerness to sign him, along with the Luis Suárez transfer moving quickly towards completion, this deal looks set to take place. The fee is right and the player seems keen to join. At this point, only a late bid from Juventus or perhaps Manchester City could see this arrangement derailed. Because of this, and a history of missed opportunities like the Higuaín debacle of last summer, this move receives an 8 out of 10 rating for its likelihood of taking place. That being said, Arsenal certainly appears to be Sanchez’s most likely destination.