West Ham United could be a potential destination for former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez this summer, with the Chilean’s deal with his current employers Inter Milan set to expire next year.
According to Calciomercato, Sanchez could be available for just €4m (£3.4m) this summer, with West Ham interested in bringing the 33-year-old back to London after his spell with the Gunners.
Having spent three-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal, where he scored 80 goals, the Chilean joined Manchester United in January 2018. However, he scored just five goals in 45 appearances in a majorly unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford, despite being labelled “fantastic” by his former manager Jose Mourinho.
Sanchez then joined Serie A giants Inter Milan in 2019, initially on loan before making the deal permanent the following year. The 33-year-old forward’s fortunes have certainly improved at San Siro, having scored 17 goals and registered 23 assists in 99 appearances for the reigning Italian champions.
However, he could be set for a return to the Premier League this summer, with West Ham desperately in need of attacking options.
The lack of strikers at David Moyes’ disposal has been no secret this term, with 31-year-old Michail Antonio the Irons’ only senior striker. Sanchez, who currently plays regularly as a centre-forward for Inter, is exactly what the Hammers need.
Having scored 177 goals in 610 club appearances throughout his career, the Chilean is certainly prolific and has produced the goods on the biggest stages, with the 33-year-old possessing vast amounts of experience.
Moreover, for a fee of just £3.4m, West Ham would be silly not to take the chance on signing a player who has already proven to be a success in the Premier League at Arsenal.
However, the prospective deal certainly comes with complications. The Chilean was on a whopping £390k-p/w at Manchester United and certainly won’t be available for a cheap salary at the London Stadium.
Furthermore, the signing would be a short-term fix, as he will turn 34 in December. If Sanchez were to join West Ham, Moyes would still need to add further attacking personnel to his arsenal, preferably someone significantly younger who would be a long-term asset in east London.
With West Ham looking to secure European football once again next season with a top-six finish, they will certainly need to add to their frontline in the summer regardless of whether or not they are successful in reaching their main target for the campaign.
Considering the impressive tally of goals he has scored over his career, and for some elite clubs, Sanchez would be an excellent addition to the Hammers’ squad, for the short-term at least.