VIDEOS – The madness around the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, probable future OM recruit

Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez, passed by Barcelona, ​​Arsenal or Inter Milan, arrived Tuesday evening in Marseille where he must engage with Olympique de Marseille, of which several hundred supporters welcomed him at the airport . In a brief press release, the club spoke of “an agreement in principle” between the two parties. According to OM, Sanchez “will commit in the next few hours subject to the success of his medical examination”. According to several media, the agreement in principle would be for a period of one year plus an optional second. The player should be presented Wednesday afternoon at the Stade Vélodrome.

Several hundred supporters present at the airport

Sanchez 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 was also unfurled and drums and smoke bombs gave the airport a stadium atmosphere. 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.

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.

80 goals in four seasons at Arsenal

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 real impact and statistics, in a new role as an attacking joker.

In Marseille, which will play this season in the Champions League, 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.

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