Alexis Sanchez is certain to leave Barcelona this summer after being told he is free to go and he is already in talks about a transfer with Juventus. However, he is yet to come to any agreement and the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal could find success with a bid.
According to the Daily Star, Sanchez would prefer a switch to the Premier League over Serie A when a decision is made over his future this summer. Juventus talks are advanced but their failure to tie up a deal with Barcelona is leaving the door open for one of Arsene Wenger, Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers.
PREMIER LEAGUE IS A PREFERRED OPTION
Sanchez has been a leading light in an impressive Chile side at the World Cup in Brazil and his performances are likely to be boosting his chances of attracting a bidder from England. All three of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are in need of a player of Sanchez’s quality this summer and securing his transfer would be a massive boost.
VAN GAAL'S REBUILD
Old Trafford officials are, according to the report, already making initial negotiations with the Camp Nou club. Van Gaal will take over once the Netherlands involvement in Brazil is over and he is set to undertake an overhaul of the squad.
The likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani have all failed to impress in the wide roles and Sanchez would be a significant upgrade. Van Gaal also favours a 4-3-3 system and the Chilean would be an ideal player for that formation.
ANFIELD NEEDS MORE PLAYERS
The report claims Liverpool have made similar approaches to Manchester United and are keen on adding to their squad ahead of next season. Their Premier League title challenge collapsed with glory in sight last season and it is only set to get harder this time around with the addition of Champions League football.
Reports in Spain this week suggested that Luis Suarez wants to join Barcelona and that Anfield moneymen will only consider a big-money bid with Sanchez included. Losing Suarez would be a blow, but it would be softened somewhat by the arrival of the talented winger.
WENGER NEEDS MORE PACE
Arsenal are not in talks with the Catalan club but the report suggests they are ready to move at short notice and have been keeping a close eye on developments. Wenger is expected to add a couple of high-quality signings this summer, with a speedy striker one addition required.
Olivier Giroud looked very tired in the latter stages of last season as he was the only centre-forward Wenger trusted to start most games and he will need added support next term. Arsenal’s attacking threat behind defences was also affected once Theo Walcott was ruled out by injury, leaving few with the pace and desire to get beyond the big Frenchman in the middle.
PREMIER LEAGUE BOOST
Were any of Manchester United, Liverpool or Arsenal to secure the signing of Sanchez, it would only be a good thing for the Premier League. He has been one of the most impressive performers at the World Cup so far and would add great quality to any side.
Barcelona are barking to let him leave this summer, but their oversight can be a boon to the game in England as the addition of players of the calibre of Sanchez will only help keep it the most entertaining league in the world.