Arsenal and Liverpool must act sooner rather than later if they are to have any realistic hope of signing Alexis Sanchez, with reports suggesting that Juventus have already agreed terms with the player.
This is all according to unidentified sources in Italy cited by The Daily Star, which claim that Juventus now only have to strike a deal with Barcelona to officially complete such an impressive swoop.
Boosted by their stunning and eventful FA Cup success, Arsenal - who are also expected to hand a new deal to long-serving manager Arsene Wenger before the end of May - look to be in the market for new players this summer, with the first-half of the 2013/14 campaign having proved that the Gunners are capable of competing for the title.
Liverpool, meanwhile, could also benefit from purchasing Sanchez, with the prospect of the 25-year-old linking-up in tandem with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and fellow South American Luis Suarez - providing the latter remains at Anfield for next season, of course - likely to prove too much for even the strongest and fleet-footed of top-flight defenders to contemplate.
Sanchez's likely departure from Barcelona appears to be as part of an overdue exodus at the Camp Nou, with several of the club's current squad facing uncertain futures.
The former Udinese man - who is capable of occupying a variety of attacking positions, including as a second striker or out on either flank - has had mixed success during his three-year stint in Barcelona, often frustrating and failing to replicate the sort of form that made him such a hot property during his previous spell in Serie A.
If Sanchez does indeed go on to complete a move to Turin, he joins a club in the midst of a dominant era, with Juventus having just won their third successive Italian title.
Evidently superior to every other side in the league by a wide margin, Antonio Conte's men even broke the 100-point barrier with a final-day win over Cagliari.
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