West Ham United have been linked with a shock move for a familiar figure this week…
According to Estadio Deportivo, the Irons are monitoring the situation of former Arsenal and Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez ahead of the summer transfer window.
It is thought that Inter Milan want to offload the 32-year-old due to their worrying financial situation and the player is keen to remain in Europe, with Sevilla also linked in the report.
Despite not being a regular under Antonio Conte, Sanchez played an imperative role in Inter’s title charge, relieving first-choice duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez when required.
As per Transfermarkt, he provided the Serie A champions with seven goals and seven assists in 30 appearances, of which only 12 were starts. This equated to one direct goal contribution every 81.2 minutes in the Italian top flight.
Sanchez’s link to the Hammers is an interesting one. He knows the Premier League well, having racked up 154 appearances across two different clubs in the division, with 63 goals and 33 assists to his name.
It is no secret that David Moyes is desperate to bolster his frontline – as it stands, he is going into a Europa League campaign with an injury-prone Michail Antonio as his only senior option.
However, Sanchez will be remembered for his inconsistencies at Old Trafford, leading to club legend and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville lambasting him as “an absolute disaster.”
It’s easy to ignore such lucrative returns in the Serie A, as the division isn’t really comparable to the Premier League. After all, three of the four finalists across the Champions League and Europa League were English, whilst only one Italian team made the semis in either competition.
The Irons have never really enjoyed success when it comes to this sort of signing either, with Samir Nasri perhaps the most comparable example. He left the Gunners for Manchester and found his way to east London via a stint in Turkey, and he was a complete nightmare for West Ham.
Manuel Pellegrini signed the Frenchman on a six-month deal in December 2018 before he went on to make just five appearances. He then demanded £100,000 per week before being released, according to football.london.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Ray Parlour once dubbed Sanchez “greedy,” so there are further similarities to be had there. You could probably fit Jack Wilshere into this bracket, too – he joined on a £100,000-a-week deal in 2018 but played just 19 times in an abortive stint in east London.
On the above evidence, Moyes must steer clear of the 133-cap Chilean this summer.