Alexis Sanchez’ agent has had talks with PSG to discuss a possible move for the Chilean, as reported by Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMCSport.
Bouhafsi was among the first to report on David Luiz’s return to Stamford Bridge as so is generally considered a reliable source, especially concerning PSG. The French champions are set to make fortification of their attack a priority this season. Edison Cavani has been in scintillating form this season, evidenced by his stunning brace against Monaco last weekend, but PSG are eager to take some weight off his shoulders and sign another renowned striker.
Unai Emery is thought to be an admirer of Sanchez in particular, and further talks between the club and Sanchez’ representatives are set to take place in mid-April if rumours are to be believed.
Sanchez appears more suited to a wider role but has on occasion fitted in as a number nine for Arsenal this season, typically with impressive results. The 28-year-old boasts pace, work ethic and a keen eye for goal which allow him to excel in both positions. It is that flexibility that makes him difficult to pin down.
PSG will face extensive competition for his signature, specifically from Chelsea. The Blues are also understood to have opened up negotiations with Arsenal’s talisman. The league leaders are perturbed by the potential departure of Diego Costa to China in the Summer and are eager to nail down a replacement as soon as possible. Such a move for Costa would of course aid Chelsea’s coffers and place them in a strong financial position to compete for Sanchez’ services.
A very obvious roadblock to such a move, however, would be Arsenal’s reluctance to sell their best player to London rivals Chelsea. Arsenal’s current season wasted little time in assuming a similar parlour to previous ones as they fell out of the title race long ago and now would settle for a 4th place finish. Such on-field calamities have been immensely frustrating for the Emirates faithful and one would think that the departure of Sanchez to their London rivals would be a pill too bitter to swallow.
However, over the last decade of Wenger’s tenure, and the paltry silverware that has gone with it, Arsenal have proven themselves to be a club unconcerned by the opinion of large swathes of their fan-base. Should Sanchez pen a deal with Chelsea this Summer, many may deem it to be a (Stamford) Bridge too far.