It seems as though Barcelona are open to offers for Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez, as they try to boost their transfer budget to rebuild their squad ahead of next season. Sanchez enjoyed an impressive World Cup for Chile, and the top teams in the Premier League would be foolish to ignore the improvements Sanchez could make to their squads.
The current main contenders for Sanchez seem to be Liverpool and Arsenal, and although he would significantly improve both of those teams, he would also undoubtedly improve Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. The price seems to be in the region of £30m-£40m, and that’s not necessarily out of the reach of any of those teams.
Liverpool seem to be in pole position right now because Barcelona are currently trying to sign Luis Suarez, and Sanchez could move the opposite way as part of that deal — if the player wants to go to Anfield, of course. Liverpool already have Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in attack, and the addition of Sanchez would give Liverpool a dynamic and pacy attack for next season.
Arsenal severely lacked pace and width in the second half of last season as their title bid ebbed away. Theo Walcott‘s injury was a huge blow, but even with Walcott, the Englishman is the only real first choice player who brings pace and width to the Arsenal attack. Arsene Wenger could hugely improve the versatility of his team by adding a winger in the class of Sanchez to complement all the central midfield playmakers he already has.
Chelsea suffered from a similar problem to Arsenal last season, as they too struggled to break down defensive teams due to a lack of width in their team. Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian are all fantastic players, but they’re very similar and like to operate centrally. A winger should be on the Jose Mourinho shopping list, and who better than Sanchez to fill that spot?
Manchester United are trying to rebuild under new manager Louis Van Gaal, and with Van Gaal’s success at utilizing Arjen Robben in his Netherlands team at the World Cup, he could very well do the same with Sanchez at United. The Red Devils have a glittering history of wingers, but the current crop of Antonio Valencia, Nani and Ashley Young have just not lived up to expectations in recent seasons.
Manchester City may be the team that is least in need of Sanchez, but he could still be an important signing for Manuel Pellegrini. City do have Jesus Navas in their squad, but Sanchez is a better option than Navas. And given that Alvaro Negrado could well join Atletico Madrid this summer, Sanchez could fill that spot as an additional, versatile attacker for Pellegrini.
Sanchez must have surely raised his stock at the World Cup, or at the very least reminded everybody exactly what he is capable of. Barcelona see Sanchez as a necessary departure in order to raise the funds to acquire Suarez, and in the wake of that, all the top teams in the Premier League should see Sanchez as a necessary signing to improve their options for next season.