Having reportedly told Barcelona that he wants to leave this summer, Alexis Sanchez’s performances for Chile in Brazil so far have certainly done his chances of securing a lucrative move no harm. The twenty five year old may only have a single goal and assist to his name but the forward has impressed in the South Americans’ qualification from Group B.
With nineteen goals and ten assists in just twenty seven La Liga starts, it comes as no surprise that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked repeatedly with Sanchez. The trio are all known to be in the market for attacking reinforcements and the Chilean certainly fits the bill.
Sanchez is probably too focused on upsetting hosts Brazil in their round of sixteen clash tomorrow to decide between the three right now. So we thought we’d help him out.
Bearing this in mind and after some deliberation, the three clubs have been ranked for Sanchez’s best interests. Unless one of them throws a £300,000 per week contract at him, THIS is the order that the Chilean should view any offers from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United this summer.
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Liverpool close to signing Origi, Lallana and maybe Shaqiri too? Sounds like they know Sanchez is going elsewhere..
— Oli Price-Bates (@OliPriceBates) June 27, 2014
Alexis Sanchez would look fantastic in a Liverpool jersey don’t ya think.. — Ross Cannon (@RossLFC95) June 23, 2014
Although Adam Lallana is expected to arrive in a deal reported to be worth £25 million, Liverpool are still believed to hold a firm interest in Sanchez. Brendan Rodgers is keen to bolster his squad ahead of the club’s Champions League campaign and is believed to have identified the 25 year old as one of his priority targets.
Having secured a second place finish, Liverpool can offer Sanchez the European football which the Chilean is expected to demand from his next club. In Rodgers’ free-flowing attacking side, the 25 year old would undoubtedly flourish and thrive from the link-up with Luis Suarez.
But herein lies the problem. Suarez’s latest ban and the uncertainty over his future will likely play a large role in swaying Sanchez’s and other targets’ decisions. As much as the Reds fans don’t want to admit it, much of the the Merseysiders’ recent success and transfer appeal is directly attributable to the controversial Uruguayan. Anfield won’t nearly be as attractive a destination for Europe’s best players if Suarez leaves.
If the Uruguayan’s rumoured move to Barcelona or Real Madrid comes to fruition as many expect, it would be difficult to convince a player of Sanchez’s calibre that Liverpool represents his best option.
Hopefully Liverpool signing Shaqiri ends their interest in Sanchez. Leaves it wide open for a move to United.
— Brian (@IconicUnited) June 25, 2014
The Louis van Gaal era has sprung into life in recent days with the signings of Ander Hererra and Luke Shaw. The Red Devils’ have splashed £60 million in two days and are unlikely to stop there, with a number of further expensive acquisitions expected.
Considering United’s current wide options, Sanchez would essentially walk into the starting eleven. Along with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, the Chilean would form one of the most fearsome attacks in European football.
However, the Red Devils wouldn’t be able to offer the Champions League football the 25 year old desires. It is very much a rebuilding project at Old Trafford and it could take some time before the club are challenging for the honours that Sanchez will hope to compete for.
A move to United for the Chilean is certainly a possibility that should be considered. But it depends on whether the 25 year old is prepared to wait out any barren period before the potential glory years.
Barcelona also open to the possibility of selling Alexis Sánchez to another club (Arsenal for example) and paying Suárez entirely in cash.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) June 26, 2014
Despite allegedly possessing a substantial warchest, Arsene Wenger has yet to make a move in the latest transfer window. Although the need for a top-class striker to replace or partner Olivier Giroud remains at the top of the Frenchman’s agenda, other signings are required to strengthen Arsenal’s bid for more honours next season.
In the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, the signing of Sanchez would address the Gunners’ lack of pace in the wide areas. The Chilean would likely thrive in Wenger’s attacking philosophy and on the service provided by the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.
Although the Gunners’ finished fourth again last season, there were signs that they weren’t far away from challenging for the top spot. Until the injuries to Ramsey and Ozil and the gruelling run of fixtures in February and March, Arsenal looked to be seriously challenging on numerous fronts. The season ended with the huge question of “what if” for many fans but with the addition of one or two top-class players, next season should see the Gunners’ go further.
With Sanchez reportedly unhappy at having to play second fiddle to Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Camp Nou, the chance to be one of the star attractions at the Emirates Stadium could prove too difficult to turn down.
Whether Wenger is prepared to stump up the cash required remains to be seen. But if all three of these clubs have offers accepted by Barcelona, Sanchez should seriously consider the move to Arsenal ahead of the others.