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Transfers: OM formalizes an agreement in principle with Alexis Sanchez

He arrived in Marignane around 9 p.m., greeted by smoke bombs and chants. And a little less than two hours later, OM decided to make the crazy evening of their supporters even more euphoric. Released from his contract by Inter Milan, to whom this separation will however cost ten million euros, Alexis Sanchez officially signed up with the Olympian club on Tuesday evening. “Olympique de Marseille and Alexis Sánchez have agreed on the arrival of the player in the Marseille city via an agreement in principle“, is it announced in a press release.

According to OM, Sanchez “will start in the next few hours subject to the success of his medical examination“. This should be held on Wednesday morning. According to several media, Sanchez’s contract should be for a period of one year, plus an optional second. The player should then be presented on Wednesday afternoon at the ‘Orange Vélodrome. Sanchez therefore arrived around 9 p.m. at Marseille-Provence airport, where several hundred supporters had gathered from the start of the evening, singing and waving flags. A huge Chilean flag had also been deployed and drums and smoke bombs gave a stadium atmosphere to the airport.

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Wearing a club scarf and a Marseille jersey flocked with his first name “Alexis” and the number 70, the Chilean striker, who has just terminated his contract with Inter Milan, then went to greet the supporters and even almost fell sliding on a smoke bomb.

250 career goals

OM’s ninth recruit this summer, Sanchez is no longer quite, at 33, the “Niño Maravilla” (“child prodigy”) who enchanted European football in the first half of the 2010s. But his business card looks good, with nearly 250 career goals, 146 caps and two Copa Americas with Chile… where he was led by two former OM coaches, Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli . He also entered the Top 10 of the Ballon d’Or in 2015.

Arrived in Europe in 2008, at Udinese in Italy, Sanchez then shone in Barcelona (47 goals between 2011 and 2014) and especially at Arsenal, where he scored 80 times in four seasons. On the other hand, his move to Manchester United (2017-2019) was missed. The Chilean has relaunched at Inter Milan, which he has therefore just left free, an essential condition for his arrival in Provence. In Lombardy, he had found a real impact and statistics, in a new role of offensive joker.

In Marseille, which will play the Champions League this season, Sanchez should have more playing time than at Inter, and more responsibilities. This is undoubtedly what seduced him, his Milanese status no longer completely suiting him.

(With AFP)

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