TRANSFER RUMOURS: Who will sign Alexis Sanchez?

TRANSFER RUMOURS: Who will sign Alexis Sanchez?

Who will sign Alexis Sanchez?

As if the saga over Arsene Wenger’s future isn’t enough, this summer is also likely to see intense speculation over two of Arsenal’s prize assets.The contracts of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expire in the summer of 2018, meaning there is bound to be a flurry of interest in both as they enter their final year at the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez appears destined to leave Arsenal this summer after walking out of training and finding himself dropped to the bench for the game against Liverpool back in March.

Made worse by the Gunners’ failure with obvious signs of discontent on the pitch, Sanchez has now clashed with teammates and could spark a transfer war amongst Europe’s biggest clubs. Along with them looking extremely likely to miss out on a Champions League spot. Although Arsene Wenger says there is no chance Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal this summer and said he is prepared to run the risk of losing the forward on a free transfer next year, money talks. So we’re going to assess which clubs will be interested in the Chilean forward

Manchester City

Whenever it is reported that a big name is up for grabs, Man City are always thrown into the hat. It’s been reported recently that Sanchez would be open to a move to the Etihad. I mean, why wouldn’t you? They’re hardly going to be scrummaging around to try and meet your scandalous wage demands. The Chilean has made it no secret that he wants to be in with a chance of winning major silverware next season, something that City will almost certainly be in with a shot of. He is also a familiar face to their gaffer Pep Guardiola. The Spanish manager signed the Chilean back in his Barcelona days and wouldn’t be a surprise to see him to follow a well-trodden route from the Emirates to the Etihad.

The 28-year-old attacker is extremely versatile and can play anywhere across the front three and also in the hole. Meaning be extremely useful for the system which Guardiola plays. Pep’s extravagant forward play could see Sanchez flourish.

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Bayern Munich

The German champions are another club who’ve been tipped as his next destination. Ex-Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has come spoken about this potential deal saying “He would fit in at Bayern, although he’s not the typical wide player they are seeking,He likes to cut inside, I’ve seen players that make better decisions on the pitch, but perhaps he can learn that. He’s a street footballer, you notice that when he’s on the pitch. Playing him in a system is not so easy but it would be nice to see him in the Bundesliga”. The type of player Sanchez is, means that he could not only play a similar role that Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben. But with them only having Robert Lewandowski as “number 9” option, he could also be be their second option in that role.

Another thing which has been highlighted is that Bayern’s squad is very much ageing one, with a few key players retiring at the end of this season. Bayern have the oldest side in the Bundesliga and fielded their oldest ever team in Champions League history — with an average age of 30.3 — when exiting to a Spanish side for the fourth year in succession. Alexis is a player in his prime that would be a great option.

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This one would not be a popular move for the Gooners faithful, only a move to Tottenham would be frowned upon more than one to Stamford Bridge. It’s been reported that Sanchez has made Chelsea his preferred choice, how true that is we don’t know. Chelsea are optimistic a deal for Sanchez can be struck, with personal terms unlikely to be an issue, but Arsenal do not want to sell to a Premier League rival. The situation points to a potentially ugly summer saga, in which Arsenal could be faced with the scenario of keeping a player who no longer wants to play for them or allowing him to move to Chelsea. The Premier League champions are almost certainly going to be in with a shot of the title again next year, along with Champions League football. Both of which won’t be happening at Arsenal.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has identified Sanchez as a player he would like to sign and informed the club’s powerbrokers to put him on the list of this summer’s transfer targets. Sanchez is settled in London so the move would make sense.

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Other options

PSG – They’ve held a long-standing interest in Sanchez and have already sounded out his representatives about the possibility of signing him this summer. The French side will be looking to reclaim their title and would be keen to play Sanchez alongside Edinson Cavani & Angel Di Maria. They would be able to outbid or match pretty much anyone in European football and they certainly tick the ambition box Sanchez values so highly.

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Juventus – Juve’s winning culture will appeal to Sanchez and he may feel he is the inspiration that can elevate them to some much-craved European glory. That is of course, if they fail to be beat Real Madrid in the final at the start of June. Reports in Italy say that they have already table a bid for the Chilean. If Arsenal do sell, Juve would be a much more palatable option than someone in the Premier League and it’s unlikely they’ll be meeting each other next season.

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Stay at Arsenal (doesn’t include returning on loan) – Now there is always the off chance that he will stay at the Emirates. There are two reasons why this might happen. The first being that he turns over a new leaf and signs a new deal at the club. The second being that the club are stubborn over the deal, keep him until his contract is up and then lose him on a free.

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