Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association ImagesThe transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona to Arsenal appears to be moving closer by the day: reports are even now stating that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs, although nothing official has been announced yet. Understandably, Arsenal fans are very excited about the prospect of signing Sanchez, especially after the Chile international impressed at this summers FIFA World Cup, scoring two goals during his countrys run to the last 16. For a while it had been thought that Sanchez would be on his way to Liverpool, potentially as a part of the deal which will see Luis Suarez playing his football at the Nou Camp next season, but the attacker has now reportedly turned down Brendan Rodgers side and declared his desire to join for Arsenal. The move is perhaps not as simple as merely acknowledging desire and making it a reality: the speculated fee is around £30 million, which would make Sanchez the second most expensive signing in Arsenals history, topped only by last summers £42.4 million acquisition of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. With that sizeable price tag comes a great amount of pressure and expectancy, something Sanchez will undoubtedly be wary of. However, having played for Barcelona, he should be no stranger to such an environment. Having scored 20 goals last season for the first time in his career, Sanchez appears to be finally fulfilling the potential he showed during his early days at Udinese, and despite playing alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar, the 25-year-old still managed to grab headlines last year, a testament to his recent development. While some Arsenal fans are simply delighted with the clubs desire and willingness to spend big in the market, if we examine the deal closer it makes a lot of sense. In fact, Sanchez could well be the perfect acquisition as Wengers side look to kick on from their FA Cup triumph.
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