The winter transfer window is set to open on New Year’s Day and plenty of speculation is going around over potential transfers.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been one of the players most talked about since the summer transfer window slammed shut as the Chilean superstar is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates Stadium with little more than six months left on his current deal.
In one of the more audacious rumours since the summer, the Sun are reporting that Everton are ready to make an audacious £30 million offer to their fellow Premier League rivals.
As it currently stands the Gunners could lose the 28-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season should they fail to agree a deal with their star forward. Many reports suggest Sanchez is not going to sign a new deal so Arsenal could certainly consider selling him in January.
Whilst Everton do have a wealthy owner prepared to splash out big sums on players one has to laugh at them making an offer for Alexis Sanchez, if true – there is simply no way that the player will make a move to Goodison Park.
The former-Barcelona star has been linked to many bigger clubs around Europe, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Juventus – all title challengers and competing in this season’s Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has previously admitted his side are likely to be without Sanchez beyond this season so the club may consider any serious offers in January in order to recoup some money for the player they splashed out £35m million in 2014. However, they player’s goals and contribution will be important for the second half of the season in order to help Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League – perhaps something more important to the club than £30 million in transfer fees.
Where is Sanchez likely to go?
I am sure Alexis Sanchez won’t be at Arsenal next season but I do think the North London club will want to keep hold of him until the end of this season at least. His contribution could be huge in terms of finishing in the top four having missed out on the Champions League this season.
Manchester City have been the favourites to sign the Chilean since this past summer. Pep Guardiola worked with the player at Barcelona previously and made a couple of offers for the player during the last transfer window. However, they have been unwilling to go beyond £20 million despite splashing out huge sums over the summer.
Guardiola’s side currently top the Premier League and look good to win the title. However, would Sanchez be a regular in the Spanish manager’s side? They already have the likes of Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus starting some games on the bench with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero in hot form this season. A move to the Etihad would bring a nice paycheck and a better chance of winning trophies than at Arsenal.
Manchester United have been playing a more attractive brand of football in their second season under Jose Mourinho. Romelu Lukaku started the season on fire being fading out over the past two months. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been excellent rotating down the left wing. However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan hasn’t offered much in the number 10 and the Portuguese coach hasn’t settled on a right winger.
Sanchez spent a lot of time down the right at Barcelona and a move to Manchester United would likely guarantee him much more playing time than if he were to join their local rivals. They have a manager who is a regular winner of trophies too.
Bayern Munich are arguably the best guarantee for trophies as there is little competition to the record Bundesliga winners in Germany. They were virtually guaranteed to win the league before the season even started and are living up to their reputation as the current league leaders.
The Bavarians are also favourites to win the German cup and are among the favourites to win the Champions League.
Likewise, Juventus offer them a very strong chance to win the domestic league double. The Old Lady are currently battling with Inter Milan and Napoli at the top of Serie A in a more challenging campaign compared to recent seasons.