Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez is expected to make an exit from Camp Nou this summer after failing to cement his place in the Catalan club's starting line-up, while Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad is said to be on the radar of top European clubs following an impressive 2013-14 campaign.
The 25-year-old Chile international managed an impressive tally of 19 goals and 10 assists in 34 appearances in La Liga this term, while France youngster Griezmann scored 16 times and provided three assists in 35 matches for Sociedad.
The younger of the two La Liga wingers is undoubtedly one of the continent’s hottest prospects this summer and is presently linked with interests from a number of the Premier League’s top clubs, including Arsenal. On the other hand, Sanchez will likely be looking for a new team where he can further his career, and Manchester United could be his destination this summer.
Sanchez was effectively in Griezmann’s position three years ago when he made his €26 million move to Barcelona after an impressive three years in Italy with Udinese. Despite his still relative youth, the Chile international has managed to rack up 66 caps and 22 goals for his country, as he prepares for the World Cup in Brazil this summer where he will be hoping to place himself firmly in the shop window.
Griezmann, 23, has only just burst onto the international scene with France after breaking through the ranks at Sociedad with whom he got some Champions League experience this season. Although so far he has just four caps for Les Bleus, he will be one of the French players to watch in Brazil this summer.
While Sanchez’s productivity in front of goal is higher in terms of his goal and assists, he is two years Griezmann’s senior and plays as part of a much more experienced and superior team. On the other hand, along with former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela, Griezmann has set the Spanish top tier on fire this term together.
Griezmann still managed to achieve a very similar pass completion rate to Sanchez, 77.2% to the Chilean's 79.7%. In fact, he was more accurate with his shots of which an impressive 60% were on target to Sanchez’s 59% for Barcelona. Overall, it’s clear that Sanchez has the experience on his side, but young Griezmann is undoubtedly the more exciting prospect.
From his level of performance this term, it is certainly possible that Griezmann could surpass his Chilean counterpart’s current level by the time he is 25 years of age. However, for now, either of them would represent a very real and significant danger to Premier League defences next term.