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Barcelona Complete Signing of Udinese Winger Alexis Sanchez

(Bleacher Report) Thursday saw Barcelona complete the signing of Italian club Udinese’s prize wide man Alexis Sanchez. The player is set to move to the Nou Camp after a reported £23 million fee was finalized between the two clubs.

It is hard to figure where he will fit into the team as Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez, who just signed a contract extension, appear entrenched at the primary starting forwards for the Catalan club. However, he still could make a major impact off the bench.

But, this is not the first deal that has been made by the club in recent seasons that have been questioned, but paid off.

Javier Mascherano joined from Liverpool last season, and failed to hold down a regular place in the starting 11, but he made an excellent deputy for a beat up Barcelona back line when he played as a defender in their Champions League Victory.

Moral of the story is to not completely underestimate Pep Guardiola, as he has continued to prove many wrong, but it just seems like an unnecessary signing. Though there is lack of depth up top, he may still spend more time sitting than being on the pitch.

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Thomas is a freelance sports writer and blogger from Greenville, South Carolina. He maintains The Daily Atz on Facebook, and you can follow him on twitter@thedailyatz for news from Liverpool FC, and the world of soccer. He is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist on Liverpool FC and World Football and publishes daily throughout the week on rumors, speculation, match previews, analysis, and special interest pieces. His education and life experiences have helped him to get to where he is today, along with his amazingly supportive fiance. Thomas holds a bachelors of science in both History and Entrepreneurial Business from Western Carolina University. Adding to his writing topics and experience he has also consulted on many green energy and business development projects, and writes articles for the HVAC, alternative energy and business fields.

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