Sunday July 17 2011
Sanchez just €1m from Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez is closer than ever to Barcelona, as it's reported the difference between offer and Udinese's asking price is just €1m.

The Friulani confirmed last week that the only advanced negotiations in place were with the Nou Camp side.

This is because Nino Maravilla has made it clear he is determined to join Barça and will reject all other options, such as Manchester City, regardless of the financial terms.

According to Mundo Deportivo newspaper, the two clubs are closer than ever before to sealing a deal.

It's believed Barcelona have offered €26m plus €11m in performance-related bonuses and the proceeds from a friendly match.

Udinese's asking price has dropped to €27m upfront along with the bonuses, so the difference is minimal.

It's a long way off the Friulani's original €50m price-tag, but already very close to the sum Manchester City proposed.

There are reports Sanchez could finally complete his transfer to Barcelona some time next week.