Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez has had a brilliant season on a personal level, but the Catalan giants are reportedly open to letting him leave for a good transfer fee.
The Chile international, who can play both as a winger and as a forward, joined the former Spanish champions in the summer of 2011, having established himself as one of the best players in Serie A with Udinese.
However, for his first two seasons at Camp Nou, the 25-year-old struggled for playing time and did not make a big impact. He scored 12 goals and provided five assists in just 20 La Liga starts in 2011-12 and followed that up with eight goals and nine assists in 18 starts last season.
In the 2013-14 campaign, however, Sanchez was one of the few bright sparks for Barcelona, scoring 19 goals and adding 10 assists to his name in 27 La Liga starts. This term he has really been in top form, and it can come as a surprise to many that Barcelona are willing – or at least reported to be willing – to let go of the player.
But if Barcelona do not want him, then Juventus will take him. That’s the message from the Italian champions’ general manager Beppe Marotta, who has confirmed that the Bianconeri would “love” to sign the former Cobreloa man.
‘Sanchez is a great player and every top club would like him, so clearly Juventus would also love to have him’, he told Sky Sport Italia. ‘We must take into account he is also a very expensive player and it must also be seen what he wants’.
Arsenal and Liverpool have also been reported to be interested in Sanchez, who at 25 is just progressing towards his peak. His experience of playing for a big club like Barcelona and featuring in the Champions League makes him a very good transfer target for any team, especially for the two aforementioned English outfits.
However, having played in Italy, Sanchez may feel more comfortable moving to Juventus – if indeed he does want to leave. With the Turin giants showing no signs of stepping off their pedestal in Serie A and getting ready to launch yet another assault on the Champions League, he may feel more inclined to return to the peninsula.
Juventus, though, may not have the necessary funds to sign Sanchez, as Barcelona are unlikely to accept anything less than the £20 million or so that they paid for him in 2011. With Arsenal and Liverpool both likely to offer more than that – if indeed they are keen on him – Juve might just not be able to compeete with the Premier League duo.