Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez has reportedly agreed to a move to Juventus in the summer transfer market.
The 25-year-old attacker joined the Catalan giants in 2011 from Italian side Udinese for a reported €26 million.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Sanchez and his agent have reportedly agreed personal terms for a move to the Serie A side, but are waiting for the La Liga side to agree to the move for it to be finalized.
There were reports of there being a row between the player and coach Gerardo Martino prior to the Copa Del Rey final against Real Madrid. Reportedly, Martino assured the Chilean international that he would start in the final, but in the end, he was left on the bench. Sanchez then called the Argentinean ‘spineless’ and refused to stay on the pitch and receive the medal and applaud Real Madrid, even after the pleas of both Carles Puyol and the club’s delegate Carlos. His agent, hoever, has gone on record to deny any such row.
“After speaking with Alexis, he requested that I categorically deny the version of events pertaining to an altercation with the manager of FCB. Throughout his 10 year career, he’s never at any point had any problem with his coaches, much less insult them. He’s always been a consummate professional.”, said Alexis’s agent, Fernando Felicevich
Sanchez, 25-years-old, has made 39 appearances in all competitions this season for Barcelona, netting 17 goals.
Gerard Deulofeu returning to Barcelona after a great spell at Premier League side Everton would make Sanchez more skeptical of the chances he would get at the Spanish club which are already quite sparse considering his talent and good form.
Barca’s transfer ban has been suspended by FIFA and thus they would be able to sell and buy players in the summer window.
Alexis’s former coach Pasquale Marino has also recently commented that the player would benefit from a move to the Italian side:
“I think Alexis could fit very well into Conte’s gameplan,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.
“He can cover both the role of second striker or as a winger in a trident. His versatility makes Alexis a factor that can helps him solve many coaching headaches. You need balance but a trident of Tevez-Llorente-Alexis is feasible as Alexis and Tevez know how to work in the defensive side of things.
Juve midfielder Arturo Vidal also said earlier that he would love to play alongside his compatriot at club level:
“I have no problem with Alexis. We have known each other since we were kids, we were together at Under-20 level, we played together at Colo Colo and we have a beautiful friendship. Of course I’d like to play with someone with whom I have shared something, but maybe he can come here [to Juventus]”. Vidal told Las Ultimas Noticias
Atlético Madrid have also reportedly made enquiries about the asking price to lure the Chilean away from the Camp Nou side. Alexis was a target of Los Colchoneros while at Udinese, before he eventually joined Barcelona three years ago. Liverpool too, were reported a few days ago, to be interested in the services of the 25 year old.
With reports now suggesting that personal terms have been agreed with the Italian side, it seems that Alexis is definitely out of Nou Camp in the summer.