SANTIAGO - Italy's Udinese have
agreed to transfer Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez to
Barcelona for around $54 million, Chilean media reported on
The gifted 22-year-old, who is in Chile's squad preparing
for next month's Copa America in Argentina, will travel in the
coming days to Spain to seal his move to the European champions.
"Udinese agree on the sale of Sanchez to Barcelona for $54
million," the daily La Tercera said, adding that the player's
Argentine agent Fernando Felicevich had "concluded a pre-accord
for a four-year (contract) for $4.4 million."
Sanchez, known as 'Kid Marvel', scored 12 goals last season
and helped Udinese finish fourth in Serie A to reach a Champions
League qualifying berth.
El Mercurio said Sanchez had been granted permission by
Chile coach Claudio Borghi to miss next Thursday's friendly
against Paraguay "to have the medical tests (at Barcelona)."
Sanchez was signed by Udinese in
2006 for $2.8 million. He was loaned to Argentina's River Plate
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