Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez looks set to leave the Gunners next summer as a free agent. That means truckloads of cash via signing on fees and wages for the former Barcelona ace. It also means that Arsenal will end up empty-handed.
At the moment Sanchez is just working himself back to fitness, so has not had that much of an impact on the Gunners campaign. However, when he is fully fit Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players in the Premier League.
He is also an automatic starter for the north London side. That may not be the case with some of the other clubs the Chilean is supposedly interesting. The likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are unlikely to sign the forward, so he will need to look elsewhere for his next destination.
May not be a regular starter
The forward is linked with a number of clubs on a daily basis. A few of those clubs touted as possible destinations for the forward are PSG and Manchester City. Both moves would fill Sanchez’s bank account.
However, the football side may not be as sweet for Sanchez. The two clubs in question have spent a fortune to strengthen their squads in recent years, more specifically in PSG’s case their forward line. Sanchez may struggle to get in the starting eleven of either team.
Unai Emery’s side now has a front three of Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Very few, if any forward lines could better the Parisians. There are rumours of a rife between Cavani and Neymar.
Those rumours have led to speculation over Cavani moving away. If the Uruguayan stays though, it would be hard to see him dislodge any of the threesome from the forward line. The Chilean is an emotional guy and would likely be unhappy as a squad player in Paris.
At Manchester City, it would be a similar sort of situation. The Citizens squad is brimming full of talented attacking players. Most of City’s attacking players have been in form this season and they have been wonderful to watch.
Who would Sanchez start ahead of? Would he start ahead of Raheem Sterling? Well according to City boss Pep Guardiola, the club have no intention of parting with the little winger, as it was speculated that he could be involved in a deadline day move involving Sanchez.
The likes of David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne are indispensable to the team, while German international Leroy Sane seems to get better with every game he plays for the Citizens.
Despite speculation over Sergio Aguero’s future last season, the Argentinian international now seems settled at the Etihad Stadium. Brazilian star Gabriel Jesus has the potential to be a world superstar in the future.
The one other destination that seems like a good fit is Chelsea. Sanchez would probably make it into their starting line-up, although Willian and Pedro may have something to say about that.
Not likely to move until the summer
Recent newspaper reports have linked Sanchez with a move away from north London in January. However, the forward is 1/3 to be an Arsenal player after the January transfer window closes.
It is understandable that Sanchez wants to move in order to win bigger trophies. I am sure picking up a bigger pay packet elsewhere will not be a hardship either. The Chilean is a good player and needs to be playing for a better team, not club, because Arsenal are a fantastic club.
Despite his talent, Sanchez would still struggle to get into the starting line-up of two of the three teams most mooted as possible destinations for the forward.
I hope for his sake that he makes the right move in the summer, or he may end up as a very expensive benchwarmer in Manchester or Paris.
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