The deal to take Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona is edging towards completion.

The European champion hAS won the race to sign the sought-after Chile international, who also interested Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea among others this summer.

Udinese placed a 50million euros (£44.6million) price-tag on the head of Sanchez, with the deal understood to be cash only.

Gino Pozzo, the son of the president of Udinese, says the transfer is now almost completed for the 22-year-old.

He told radio station RAC 1 on Wednesday: "The accord between Barca and Udinese is total. We are only waiting to close little documents and to sign the three parts."