Alexis Sanchez’s World Cup campaign may be over, but he still remains a hot topic in football discussions.
That’s because the Chile international’s future is currently wrapped up in uncertainty. Barcelona are reportedly willing to allow the 25-year-old forward to leave if a suitable offer comes in, and a whole host of clubs are said to be keen on recruiting one of the best players in the world.
Manchester United were said to be interested in the former Udinese star, but then Liverpool and Arsenal emerged as more likely candidates.
So much so that, according to Goal.com, the Gunners have started preparing a £32 million bid for the attacker, while outgoing United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool should sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona if they can get Sanchez in return (click here to read more of his opinion).
Considering all these reports and the options that Sanchez has if he does decide to leave the four-time European champions Barcelona, which club is he likely to choose?
Juventus, and here are three reasons why...
Champions League glory
True, both Arsenal and Liverpool will be in the Champions League next season, but can they realistically expect to win the competition? No. One could argue that Juventus may not win it either, but the Italian champions do have a better chance than the Premier League duo.
Coach Antonio Conte has led the Bianconeri to three successive Serie A titles, and next season his main priority will be guiding the two-time European champions to Champions League glory. Sanchez could be part of that team.
Sanchez has already played in Serie A, having featured for Udinese from 2008 until 2011, so he knows what playing in the Italian top-flight entails. Juventus are currently dominating the Italian league and have two Chileans in their squad - Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla (although both of these players’ futures are not clear at the moment).
Former River Plate star Sanchez knows the Italian league inside out and will certainly feel more comfortable playing there than in the Premier League, where he may have to undergo a small period of adapting.
A step behind?
Sanchez has been a brilliant player for several seasons, while reports of him moving to England are starting to gather pace only this summer. It was his brilliant 2010-11 campaign in which Udinese finished fourth in Serie A (higher than Lazio, Roma and Juventus) that convinced then Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to sign him.
Back in April 2013, La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Juventus had made contact with Barcelona over a move for the former Colo-Colo attacker. If these reports are to be believed, then the Italian champions are already several steps ahead of their rivals to sign Sanchez – and that is a massive advantage.
True, Juventus may have failed to land him last summer and have yet to agree a fee with Barca, but they certainly know that he is a player that they want and need.