Barca sign Sanchez, Spurs eye Afellay & Arsenal battle Juve for Rossi

Alexis Sanchez

Marca celebrates Barcelona’s capture of Alexis Sanchez, noting that he becomes the first ever Chilean to play for the club and picking out the forward’s “versatility” as a major asset for the Catalans.

A second article in Marca continues to focus on Sanchez’s Chilean background, as the paper says the new recruit “has a lot to prove” to live up to the precedents of Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas.

Still in Marca, a third op-ed refers to Sanchez’s nickname “El Niño Maravilla” (The Boy Wonder). Moreover, they say he is a player that “mixes the brush and hammer… Barca’s attack is now more versatile and unpredictable. And that’s just what the team needed to evolve.”

AS react in similar fashion, splashing with “A player who at 19 has already worn the jerseys Colo-Colo and River Plate, two great South American football, and made the leap to European football’s with Udinese has to be special. And Alexis Sanchez, the ‘Boy Wonder’, the first Chilean to wear the Barça shirt, certainly is.”

Shovelling on the weight of expectation, Sport characterise Sanchez as “shy off the field and a man of few words… a ‘carbon copy’ of Leo Messi.”

El Mundo Deportivo note that Alexis Sanchez will rotate with Pedro, Messi and Villa in Barcelona’s 3-pronged attack.

Spain

Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro is quoted saying his client “wants to stay another year at the Santos” so he can play at the Club World Cup. (AS)

AS big-up Barcelona’s “Battle of Britain” in which the club are still chasing Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, Ibrahim Afellay is linked with a move to Tottenham, Bolton are chasing Jeffren , and Chelsea are on the verge of signing Oriol Romeu.

Chelsea’s newly signed keeper Thibaut Courtois has touched down in Madrid to join Atletico for the season. (AS)

After it was reported in the English press on Thursday, today AS link Spanish legend Raul with Blackburn.

El Mundo Deportivo quote Arsenal target Juan Mata. “I am happy at Valencia, but I can not predict the future.”

Italy

Arsenal have muscled in to try and sign Giuseppe Rossi from under Juve’s noses. The Londoners have “scheduled a meeting” with Villarreal. (Corriere Dello Sport)

Corriere Dello Sport play up Inter Milan’s interest in Carlos Tevez, noting that the Argentine crossed paths with Inter technical director Marco Branca on Thursday.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri says that his star players Lavezzi, Hamsik and Cavani will all stay at the club. (Corriere Dello Sport)

France

Gabriel Heinze has signed a one-year deal with Roma. (L’Equipe)

According to France Football, Nice are considering a move for Ludovic Giuly, Francisco Yeste has signed a one-year deal with Olympiakos, while Leicester are ready to snap up Gelson Fernandes.

Germany

According to Bild, Schalke are prepared to spend 6.5 million euro on Brest striker Nolan Roux.

Holland

Telegraaf say that Nottingham Forest manager Steve McLaren is trying to sign Wesley Verhoek from ADO Den Haag.

Belgium

Rangers are closing in on Anderlecht centre-half Roland Juhasz, while Borussia Monchengladbach are targetting RSCA striker Kanu.