Barcelona to sell Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal to fund Suarez swoop

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Arsenal's move for Alexis Sanchez means Barcelona will have to offer a sizeable cash-only transfer fee to land Luis Suarez, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

Suarez is looking increasingly likely to leave Anfield this summer, with widespread reports claiming that a delegation from Barcelona had landed on Merseyside yesterday to begin talks over the Uruguayan's transfer.

Positive talks

El Mundo Deportivo say those discussions between Liverpool and Barcelona had been 'very positive' - although there could be one sticking point.

It had previously been suggested that Sanchez could be used as a makeweight in the transfer, with Barcelona ready to offer the World Cup star plus a a fee in the region of £30 million.

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Cash only

Liverpool, who are said to value Suarez at around £80 million, aren't keen on Sanchez being part of the deal and would prefer cash, despite reports to the contrary. As it stands Barcelona are only willing to offer a fee of around €60 million if Sanchez isn't included, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

It's said that the player would prefer a move to Arsenal over Anfield anyway, while Barcelona would like to sell to the Gunners in order to help cover the cost of the Suarez deal.

That means Arsenal look to be in pole position for Sanchez. The Telegraph claimed yesterday that the Gunners were doing their best to land the winger, who is now Arsene Wenger's top transfer target for this summer.

Arsenal talks

It is said that they've already made a £32 million offer, and that Wenger will meet up with Sanchez's agent in Brazil to discuss a potential transfer this week. 

The wheels of Suarez's switch to the Nou Camp were seemingly set in motion when he issued a surprise apology to Giorgio Chiellini for biting him during Uruguay's World Cup game against Italy, having previously insisted to FIFA that he had simply lost his balance and fell into the defender.

The former Ajax man will miss the start of the season through suspension because of the incident, although that doesn't appear to have put Barcelona off.

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