Alexis Sanchez and Arsene Wenger do not see eye to eye anymore. This is probably the reason as to why Sanchez does not play as much for Arsenal. This past summer, the 28 year old Chilean was close to joining Manchester City, but the deal fell through in the closing hours of the transfer window. Since that point, Sanchez has been either “injured” or simply left out of the starting XI due to “tactical reasons”. I, personally, am not buying any of it. Wenger wants Sanchez gone, and with no Champions League football, I do not think Sanchez wants to be in North London anymore. During his time with the club, Sanchez was the only player to give it his all, no matter the score line. The treatment he is currently getting from the club is not fair in any way. This is no way to treat your star players. In the upcoming winter transfer market, Sanchez could very well depart. If not in the winter then in the summer since his contract is up and he becomes a free man.
Here are a few clubs that may pursue Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester City (again)
I definitely do not want Sanchez to stay in the EPL because he would torch Arsenal every time he plays against them. City is already stacked with the likes of: Aguero, Jesus, Sterling, Sane etc., so I am not entirely confident Sanchez joining City would be a smart decision for him and his future. The rumour was that Arsenal would get money and Sterling in exchange for Sanchez this summer. Maybe both teams revisit this sometime soon. (Please do not pull an Adebayor if you score against us!)
Sanchez knows the Italian league having played at Udinese from 2006-2011. Douglas Costa is not a permanent fix for Juventus, since he is on-loan from Bayern Munich. Juan Cuadrado is a good winger, but Sanchez would fit much better with the system that Juventus plays. Bernardeschi is still fairly young and Sanchez could be a fine tutor for him as Juventus eases him into the line-up. A Sanchez-Dybala-Higuain front line could be very entertaining to watch.
This could be the perfect scenario for Sanchez. Both Ribery and Robben are getting older and more importantly, they have become very injury prone. In terms of attacking options, Bayern does not have many. Apart from Ribery and Robben, they have James Rodriguez who is currently on-loan from Real Madrid. They also have Muller and the youngster Coman. Sanchez does a lot of work trekking back and helping the defenders with his incredible work rate. He would not have to do a lot of that playing for Bayern since they have the likes of: Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Rudy, Alaba and so on, who are very good defensively and take pressure of their attacking options.
They are arguably more stacked at forwards than Manchester City, but PSG is always in the thick of things when it comes to signing offensively gifted players. If Neymar stays in Paris (there have been rumours that he could head to Real Madrid) I am not sure signing Sanchez would make sense for the simple fact that all three attacking players-Sanchez, Neymar and Cavani-need a lot of the ball to be effective in the final third. I would (probably) rule PSG out of the running, but I would also take back money and Draxler for Sanchez, if he is sold.
A reunion with Messi? Why not. Luis Suarez has been out of form this season and Alcacer as well as Deulofeu have not lived up to hype as of yet. Sanchez’s familiarity with Messi could sway him to head back to Barcelona. He did win plenty of trophies there after all.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.