Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves recently admitted that he would like to see his former Barcelona team mate Alexis Sanchez join him in France, as reported by Goal.
“I want him to be happy wherever he goes, but if that’s with us, it’s better.”
Sanchez is in to the final year of his Gunners contract and a new deal isn’t even on the table, leading many to assume he could even be off in January.
Either way, Sanchez has a decision to make. The richest clubs in the world will no doubt come calling when the time is right, but what should he do?
Does he go on to remain at Arsenal via a new and improved contract, or does he go where the money is in Paris?
Here’s what I writers think…
Alexis Sanchez is not going to sign a new deal at Arsenal.
He made his mind up last season, and will leave the Emirates Stadium either in January or next summer. Manchester City appear to be at the head of the queue, but Paris Saint-Germain will surely have something to say.
At PSG, Sanchez has a realistic chance of challenging for the Champions League, and moving to a club with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in their ranks is an absolute no-brainer for the Chilean.
The Sanchez to PSG rumour is certainly an interesting one, because unless Edinson Cavani is going to leave the club in the New Year or next summer then where does the Chile international fit into a front three that already contains Neymar and Kylian Mbappe?
That said, if the 28-year-old wants to win trophies then a move to a club like PSG would certainly allow him to do that, as they are far more likely to win the Ligue 1 title and Champions League then Arsenal are to win the Premier League and Europe’s elite club competition.
A lot of it will come down to Sanchez’s ego too, as he has been the big fish in a small pond with the Gunners in some ways – something that wouldn’t be the case at the Parc des Princes.
If there’s a prospect of selling the Chilean in January, it would make sense for Arsenal to grasp it.
The only way you could see Sanchez caring enough about his own form to gain the motivation needed to play properly for Arsenal next season is now gone, as Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup. As a result, you get the feeling Sanchez is no longer worth it.
The Gunners should cut their losses now, and should probably think about regretting the fact they didn’t let him go in the summer for tens of millions of pounds more than they’ll get now.
Sanchez’s career at Arsenal is over. The club have, remarkably, been too negligent with his situation and the outcome seems inevitable – he will move on.
However, purely from a playing perspective and not a financial one, PSG isn’t the right move. Sanchez is a player who, like Neymar, thrives on the responsibility of being a team’s talisman and focal point.
He needs to find a home where that can happen and we could see him end up somewhere unexpected, like Serie A.
The last few seasons have all been about Barcelona’s prolific trio of MSN (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar) but now that the latter has departed to Paris, PSG are creating their own deadly attacking force. If Sanchez joined the pack, he could form his own trio with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (another MSN!).
For that to happen, though, he would need to replace Edinson Cavani, and given the recent on-field spat between the Uruguayan and Neymar over penalty duties, the acquisition of Sanchez may not go down too well.
At Arsenal, the Chilean has cut a frustrated figure at times and I don’t think anyone could blame him for moving on if PSG come calling.
What would Alexis Sanchez gain from signing a new contract at Arsenal? The fact the club are in this situation says everything a player of the Chile international’s quality needs to know – can you imagine any other top Premier League club allowing a key player to enter the final six months of his contract?
It sums up the lack of ruthlessness at Arsenal; if you reject a move to a mid-table club, like Mohamed Elneny did in the summer, you still have a place in the first team; if you make it clear you want to leave, you still have a place in the first team.
Arsenal will never win a league title unless that mentality drastically changes so at the age of 28, it’s time for Sanchez to move on – he’s given the club enough already.
It’s frightening to think where they would have finished without him last season.