Arsenal could lose out on Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez at the last minute, despite the fact that they are reported to have already agreed a fee for the player.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, citing Catalan television channel TV3, the La Liga giants are willing to allow Sanchez to leave for the Emirates Stadium, but will listen to the player himself and then act upon his decision. It’s become common knowledge that Arsenal aren’t the only club interested in the Chile international, and Juventus are also said to have offered Barcelona a deal; whether or not he will choose Turin or north London however remains to be seen.
Deals on the table
Both Arsenal and Juve have submitted formal bids for Sanchez, according to varying sources, with the former’s said to be worth £32million. Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he wants a new forward to lead next season’s charge for major trophies, and last season’s outlay on Mesut Ozil was all the proof needed to justify the claim that the Gunners are now ready to spend money again following their barren spell post-Emirates move.
According to AS Barca are happy to accept the aforementioned Arsenal proposal as it’s more lucrative than Juve’s, with Antonio Conte relatively limited concerning what he can spend unless he consents to the sale of one of his major players.
What it means
Essentially it would seem that Sanchez is now closer to a move to the Premier League than he has ever been before, with only personal terms to be agreed before a deal can be completed. However AS claims that this could be a potential stumbling block, as Barca will listen to what Sanchez wants as opposed to virtually making the decision for him based on who is offering the most money.
A player of the 25-year-old’s capabilities would surely be desperate to test their mettle in England’s top flight, and so Arsenal should logically have the upper hand. That being said Juve’s recent track record in Italy is magnificent, and the Chilean could guarantee himself more trophies to add to his collection were he to opt for Conte’s side.
Would Sanchez reject Wenger?
The crux of the matter now comes down to whether or not Sanchez would snub Wenger in favour of a return to the Serie A, where he made his name playing for Udinese. From a neutral point of view it would symbolise a lack of ambition to further his career by developing to the physical aspect of the Premier League, but familiar surroundings and the chance to play in an exciting Juve setup make rejecting Arsenal a feasible outcome.