SIX Alexis Sanchez alternatives for Liverpool to consider

After spending the last week trying to negotiate Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez into a deal that will see Luis Suarez move the other way for a reported £80million, it appears Liverpool have given up in their pursuit of the Chile international as he moves ever-closer to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

But with two months of the summer transfer window remaining, Brendan Rodgers has more than enough time to source an adequate alternative to the 25 year-old, who claimed an impressive 21 goals and 15 assists in 54 appearances last season.

And just in case the Anfield gaffer is short on a few ideas, being the ever-helpful bunch were are at Football FanCast, we’ve come up with a list of SIX alternatives to the South American winger-forward.

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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

Antoine Griezmann

Having claimed 20 goals in 49 appearances for Real Sociedad last season and further showcased his abilities at Brazil 2014, Antoine Griezmann appears destined for a move to a major club this summer. His agent alleges a wealth of suitors across the continent:

Indeed, the 23 year-old’s role in Sociedad’s rise has been remarkable, propelling them from the Spanish second tier to the Champions League in the space of four seasons. The prior campaign was undoubtedly the France international’s best however. Here’s his highlights from the 2013/14 season…

This effort in a World Cup warm-up friendly wasn’t too bad either…

And you certainly can’t question the Frenchman’s passion – upon his country’s World Cup exit, the winger pulled a Gazza…

Although Griezmann may not be able to match Sanchez’s proven pedigree or natural athleticism, he comes significantly cheaper than th e £35million-rated Barca forward, with a rumoured release clause of £25million.

MATHIEU VALBUENA

Mathieu Valbuena (France):

Another Tricolores-inspired Sanchez alternative the Anfield outfit should be considering is pint-sized midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

The France international has long-been considered one of the most impressive playmakers outside the European elite, having won three Coupe de la Ligues with Marseille and twice earned a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year. The 29 year-old is a great technical talent, as shown in the video below…

And has been in superb form at the World Cup, claiming one goal and one assist in four appearances, including this decisive set-piece delivery to Paul Pogba…

Here’s a quick look at Valbuena’s vitals for last season and Brazil ’14…

Valbuena stats

And after eight years at Stade Velodrome, the 5 foot 6 midfielder has already announced his intentions to leave L’OM this summer…

It’s rumoured he could be available for as little as £8million, but the Daily Star claim West Ham have surprisingly emerged as his likeliest suitors…

JUAN CUADRADO

Through his mixture of trickery, pace and consistent attacking output, Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado has quickly emerged as one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe.

The Colombia international destroyed Serie A last season and has transitioned his form into the World Cup, as seen below…

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In fact, no player has bettered his four assists at Brazil 2014, including this impressive set-up to James Rodriguez…

Combining his pace and quality, this goal illustrates everything you need to know about the 26 year-old

The Fiorentina attacker would be a sensational addition to the Liverpool roster, but there is already a wealth of competition for his signature this summer…

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund)

Rather surprisingly, despite only joining the Westfalen ranks last summer, German publication Bild claim Borussia Dortmund are prepared to offload versatile forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabon international produced good form during his debut campaign with the Black-Yellows, netting 16 times across all competitions – including this sensational free-kick against Mainz…

Often dubbed ‘The African Neymar’, the 25 year-old boasts a mixture of pace, trickery and netting prowess, as shown in the video below…

The Express claimed last month that Aubameyang has a release clause of just £6million, but recent speculation from France suggests Chelsea are currently leading the race for his signature.

ANGEL DI MARIA

Angel di Maria

Reportedly offered to the European elite for a more than reasonable £40million despite claiming the Man of the Match award in last season’s Champions League final…

…Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria would be a more than adequate and affordable alternative to Alexis Sanchez.

An unexpected transition into a more central role saw the Real Madrid star finish up as La Liga’s top creator last season, as seen below…

di maria assists

Here’s a short clip of his best bits from Los Blancos’ European title campaign…

And the 26 year-old netted this late strike against Switzerland to secure Argentina a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals…

But recent speculation suggests Manchester United and PSG are planning to blow their rivals out of the water with huge offers for Di Maria…

LAZAR MARKOVIC

markovic

According to the BBC, Liverpool have already made significant strides in their attempts to sign Primeira Liga wizzkid Lazar Markovic…

The 20 year-old has been in superb form since joining Benfica from Partizan Belgrade last summer, claiming the Primeira Liga title, Taca de Liga, Taca de Portugal and reaching the Europa League final in his debut season. Here’s his best moments from the trophy-laden campaign…

Some even claim the Reds have all-but-officially confirmed a £20million deal for the Serbian playmaker…

 


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