3 reasons Juve’s Sanchez interest should worry Arsenal
Juventus has been rumoured to be interested in signing Alexis Sanchez. In fact, the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal already turned down an inquiry from them.
However, giving that Sanchez has just two more years left on his current deal, Arsenal do not hold all the aces on this issue, especially if rumours that he is unsettled in North London are anything to go by.
Saying that, it is very unlikely that Arsenal would sell him to Juventus or any other team this season even if he doesn’t sign the contract extension offered to him.
The worst case scenario is that they would sell him next summer. And judging by the fee, 24m, Manchester United paid for Robin Van Persie, a player of similar world football standing back in 2012, and the rumoured 30m that Dortmund is demanding for Mkhitaryan, it’s fair to say that Arsenal would be confident of commanding a similar figure in 12 months time.
Would Sanchez find Juventus irresistible?
The decision of Alexis will be key in resolving this issue either way. If he decides to remain with Arsenal and extend his contract, the case is closed. If he chooses not to, then Arsenal have a decision to make.
We look at three major factors that Sanchez could consider:
1. Cultural similarities and previous experience
Due to similarities in the cultures of South Americans and Italy, the country’s soccer league has had a long history of playing host to top South American talents such as: Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Ivan Zamarano and Marcelo Salas (Sanchez’ compatriots). This, coupled with Sanchez’ previous stint with Udinese, would ensure that Italy still remains an attractive destination for Sanchez.
2. Unfinished business
Alexis had such a successful spell with Udinese that a Barcelona team which already boasted the likes of Messi, Iniesta and Pedro in their ranks splashed over $30 million to secure his signature in 2011.
However, he wasn’t able to win the trophies that his talents merited. Giving his competitive nature and the fact he has won trophies in both the Spanish and English leagues with Barca and Arsenal respectively since leaving Udinese, a return to Italy, this time with champions Juventus, and surrounded by better players might tempt him into another attempt to win trophies in Italy.
3. Chance of winning the league
Having won every top prize – the Copa America, twice – in international football and the FA cup since leaving Barcelona for Arsenal, Alexis might be inclined to think his best chance of winning the league or Champions league lies away from The Emirates.
Arsenal hasn’t won the league since 2004 and the notoriously competitive EPL promises to be even more so this term with the influx of world-class coaches like Pep and Mourinho.
Juventus on the other hand has just won its fifth consecutive Serie A title. Ultimately, the chance to join them and make them even more formidable, with an even better prospect of winning the league might prove too tempting.