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Football: Chile star Alexis Sanchez agrees Arsenal deal

Published on Jul 11, 2014 6:26 AM
In this photograph taken on June 28, 2014, Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez dribbles the ball during the Round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 Fifa World Cup. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Chile's star World Cup striker Alexis Sanchez agreed to join Arsenal on Thursday on a long-term contract for a reported fee of around 35 million pounds (S$74.4 million), the English Premier League side announced.

Sanchez, 25, joins Arsenal from Barcelona where he made a total of 88 appearances, scoring 39 goals during his three seasons with the Catalan side.

Reports suggested the transfer was worth in the region of 35 million pounds, which would represent Arsenal's second biggest outlay for a player behind the club-record 42.5 million pounds spent on Germany international Mesut Ozil last summer.

Sanchez, who won the 2012/13 La Liga title with Barcelona and the 2012 King's Cup, expressed his excitement at joining the north London outfit.

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