Alexis Sanchez: Barcelona forward signs for Arsenal

By David OrnsteinBBC Sport
Watch Alexis Sanchez equalise for Chile against Brazil

Chile international striker Alexis Sanchez has signed for Arsenal from Barcelona on a long-term contract for a fee in the region of £35m.

The 25-year-old scored 47 goals in 141 appearances for Barca and netted two goals in the World Cup in Brazil.

He said: "I'm so happy to be joining a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players and huge support around the world.

"I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League and Champions League."

The Gunners also remain on course to sign French right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 28, from Newcastle United.

Biggest transfers involving British clubs this summer
David LuizChelseaParis St-Germain£40m
Alexis SanchezBarcelonaArsenal£35m
Diego CostaAtletico MadridChelsea£32m
Cesc FabregasBarcelonaChelsea£30m
Ander HerreraAthletic BilbaoManchester United£29m
Luke ShawSouthamptonManchester United£27m
Adam LallanaSouthamptonLiverpool£25m
FernandoPortoManchester City£12m
Ross McCormackLeedsFulham£11m
Duson TadicFC TwenteSouthampton£10.9m

Liverpool were keen on recruiting Sanchez as part of the deal that is likely to take striker Luis Suarez from Anfield to the Nou Camp, but that is now expected to be a straight cash transfer.

Juventus had also shown a strong interest in Sanchez but the Italians are reportedly closing in on Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata instead.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us.

"Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks."

Sanchez, who has made 71 appearances for Chile, scoring 24 goals, helped his country reach the World Cup last 16, where they lost on penalties to Brazil.

Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez scored two goals in Brazil as he helped Chile to the World Cup last 16

He completed his medical in London on Thursday and will join up with his new team-mates at the end of July, after spending some time on holiday following the World Cup.

In addition to pursuing Debuchy, Arsenal are still in the market for a holding midfielder and back-up goalkeeper.

Their move for the defender is at an advanced stage but the clubs are yet to agree a fee, with Newcastle, who signed Debuchy from Lille for £5m in 2013, understood to be seeking in the region of £10m.

Debuchy would replace Bacary Sagna, who left Arsenal to join Manchester City.

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