With their Copa América campaign done and dusted two of Chile’s stars sorted out their club futures overnight as Alexis Sánchez and Arturo Vidal signed for Barcelona and Juventus respectively. Obviously both deals a subject to medicals but are pretty much a done deal.
Sánchez in making his move to the Spanish giants as created a bit of history with the striker becoming the first Chilean to sign for Barcelona. In the process he has also managed to break the record for a transfer fee for a Chilean player, with his US$54m transfer fee more than doubling the US$23.5m dollars Juventus paid Lazio for the services of Marcelo Salas.
Not quite at the other end of the spectrum, but for many including myself, would consider the US$12m that the aforementioned Juventus paid Bayer Leverkusen for the signature of Arturo Vidal an absolute steal. Vidal, who was la roja’s most consistent performer during the Copa América has signed a five year deal with fallen Italian giants, despite some muted interest from Arsenal. It is worthwhile considering that Leverkusen themselves paid Colo Colo the tidy sum of US$11m for his services originally.