Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez would be a massive hit at Juventus if the Chilean international opted to return to Serie A after three years at the Nou Camp.
The 25-year-old, who is currently on international duty at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, is said to be surplus to requirements as new manager Luis Enrique sets about rebuilding the side in the wake of losing the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid on the final day of last season.
The tricky winger scored on that occasion, giving Barcelona the lead on the day, but the former Udinese man is attracting the interest of Serie A champions Juventus who are keen to add to the squad in order to bolster their chances of challenging on the European front next season.
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are also said to have expressed an interest, but it is the Turin outfit that are most keen and Antonio Conte is expected to sign the Chilean once his participation in this summer’s tournament comes to an end.
In a side containing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Pedro, life over in Catalonia has not always been the dream he perhaps envisaged three years ago when moving to the Nou Camp.
He snubbed United on that occasion, expecting to win trophies galore under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, but the Spaniard’s exit coupled with league titles won by both Madrid clubs have meant the ride has been bumpier than initially expected.
His own individual form has remained impressive, and last season was perhaps his most fruitful in the red and blue kit as he netted 21 goals in 54 games as well as providing 15 assists.
It was certainly an improvement on the season before, where although Barcelona regained their La Liga crown Sanchez could only muster a respectable 11 goals in 46 games – a decent track record but not one befitting of the transfer fee paid out for him.
Sanchez has arguably been unlucky to not only see Guardiola go, but Tito Vilanova and Gerard Martino exit as well. If, by some miracle, he opts to remain at the Nou Camp then Enrique will be his fourth manager in just three years.
Juventus scored 80 goals in the league last year but Sanchez would offer pace and a whole new dynamic to a side that has remained largely unchanged over the course of the past three years.
The champions are also eying a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, with the Spanish side keen to offload so as to ignite a pursuit of Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Sanchez would be a welcome addition at the Juventus stadium and a massive boost for Serie A as a whole.
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