25 Nov, 08:00
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been the subject of transfer speculations for the past few months after blatantly admitting that he wants out of Arsene Wenger’s side and thereafter showing his resolve to leave by refusing to agree on a new deal with the Gunners.
The Chilean has since been linked with moves to a number of top European clubs including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, with the former believed to be the ‘contract rebel’s’ preferred destination.
City even came close to landing the talisman on transfer deadline day last summer before a proposed £60m fell through after Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was snubbed by AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, who had been identified as a viable replacement, which subsequently confined the goal-getter to the Emirates at least until January.
The current league leaders as still favourites to land the 28-year-old in the upcoming transfer window, though their chances of success are likely to come down to three major factors.
It is no secret that football is as much about playing the game as it is about business and transfers offer clubs with an avenue to offload unwanted players and acquire fresh talent who they feel are better suited to achieving their long-term objectives - winning trophies.
Arsenal are no exceptions and initially stood to make a significant profit from the £60m offer City made for Sanchez last summer but now look set to make considerably less in January because few clubs choose to add new pieces to their squad mid-season. That development can likely change if more than one suitors come knocking.
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are now rumoured to have joined the race to land Sanchez at the recommendation of £198m forward Neymar Jr, and since the Parisians are known for their financial might, City may ultimately have to match or exceed whatever offer the Red-and-Blues table or risk losing out on their top target.
21-year manager Arsene Wenger is known to have the final say as far as transfers at concerned at Arsenal, meaning that the Frenchman has to give the green light before any deals can be agreed.
The tactician is an ardent student of the game who prides himself of learning from his past mistakes, meaning that the 68-year-old is highly unlikely to allow one of his top players to join a league rival as it would most probably have the same outcome as the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 - giving your opponents the final piece they need to clinch the coveted Premier League title.
The final factor that can hinder Sanchez’s dream move to the Etihad is Arsenal itself being that the club since the English side is known to adopt a rather unorthodox approach to business from time to time.
Arsenal’s best chance to offload the former Barcelona ace was last summer as it would have landed them a whopping £60m - a significant profit from the £31.7m they paid Barcelona for the workhorse in 2014.
Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been quoted to say that the decision not to sell Sanchez and fellow ‘rebel’ Mesut Ozil proved that the club is money-motivated and would rather choose ‘success over financial gain’- a position that suggests that the English side might ultimately decide not to sell the wantaway and instead let him leave for free next summer, thus denying City the goal-getter.
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