Juventus pull out of Alexis Sanchez transfer race

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Arsenal have received a massive transfer boost in their pursuit of Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez after Juventus pulled out of the race for his signature according to reports in Italy.

The Chilean enjoyed a superb World Cup and helped his country reach the last-16, where they were knocked out by hosts Brazil. Despite that, the 25-year-old certainly put himself in the shop window, and with Barcelona seemingly happy to sell up it looks as though he could be on the move soon.

Arsenal leading the way

A host of top clubs across Europe have been linked with the former Udinese man, including the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, along with Juventus and Arsenal. However it now seems as though the Gunners are in pole position to get their man.

It was reported earlier on that Liverpool had conceded defeat in their attempts to sign Sanchez having refused to discuss the possibility of including him as part of Luis Saurez's switch to the Nou Camp.

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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta refused to rule out selling Sanchez yesterday, while pictures of Barcelona shirts being sold bearing Suarez's name along with the Sanchez's shirt number, nine, have emerged online.

Now Tuttosport claim that Juventus have also pulled out of the race to sign the winger because they cannot compete financially with Arsenal, who are believed to have offered Barcelona £32 million for his services.


It's claimed that all the is left for the Gunners to do is to finalise personal terms for the player and they will have wrapped up their first major deal of the summer. Sanchez is said to favour a switch to the Emirates Stadium which should help talks progress smoothly.

The news will be welcomed by Arsenal fans, who have watched their Premier League title rivals splash the cash already. Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all made big-money additions to their squad.

Other targets

Along with Sanchez, it was reported last week that Arsenal were in the running for £40 million-rated Arturo Vidal, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Arsenal are still in need of a new striker this summer to help out Olivier Giroud in attack. They've been linked with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Mario Mandzukic but those deals appear to be non-starters.  

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