It’s the talk of the transfer window, where will Alexis Sanchez end up?
It looks like it’s a two horse race between Manchester United and Manchester City, with bids of £25m and £20m having been submitted respectively. Talk in the last 24 hours claim that City will not meet Arsenal’s asking price of £35m, leaving United a potentially clear run to sign the Chilean this month.
Sanchez could of course reject any offers this month and command a huge signing on fee with whichever club he desires, but all this speculation has left we wondering, do United or City actually ‘need’ to sign the 29-year-old?
Before I start, I must say I am a huge fan of Alexis Sanchez and regard him as one of the world’s best players, but I have doubts if he is what either club need. He is of course predominantly a left winger but spent the majority of last season playing as a centre forward where he scored an impressive 30 goals in 51 appearances. However, do United or City need reinforcement in either of those positions?
Up front for City, there’s Sergio Aguero, who is pound-for-pound one of the best strikers the Premier League has ever seen, with a better strike rate than the great Alan Shearer. Aguero has scored 135 goals in 198 Premier League games (0.68 goals/game) compared to Alan Shearer’s 260 goals in 441 Premier League games (0.58 goals/game). There has been talk that Pep Guardiola is not overly convinced by Aguero, with Gabriel Jesus having slowly started to take over as the club’s first choice striker. Despite Guardiola’s reservations of Aguero though, I’m not sure that Sanchez is any kind of upgrade on the man who is City’s all time leading record goalscorer.
Out on the left meanwhile, Leroy Sane has been in excellent form and is developing into one of the best young talents in the division, if not the world. While Sanchez may be more of a finished product, I’m not entirely sure it’s worth sanctioning a £250,000-a-week contract for Sanchez when Sane is performing so well. Sane has in fact been far more creative than the Arsenal man too, being involved in five more goals despite playing 119 minutes less football.
The German isn’t the only one able to play there either, with Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne all capable of playing in that role down the left.
Over on the red side of Manchester, United splashed out £75m on Romelu Lukaku, who is undoubtedly the club’s first choice striker, and while they are thought to be in the market to sign a new backup striker, Sanchez seems a very extravagant option to fill this particular role.
Meanwhile, on the left of midfield, United have Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as their first choice. While Sanchez would be an upgrade on the duo, once again it would be harsh to replace either. In fact, this season Anthony Martial has matched Sanchez’s seven Premier League goals and three assists, and has done so despite playing 582 minutes less football. Rashford has also played less minutes than the Chilean, but has still managed four goals and five assists.
Where Manchester United really need to strengthen is on the right wing, a position according to transfermarkt, that Sanchez has played just once in the last two seasons. United have also been linked with Sanchez’s Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil to play as a central attacking midfielder, which could be the role that Sanchez could ultimately fill if he moves to Old Trafford.
As for Man City, their form is so good that it’s hard to argue that they need to sign any players at all, especially in their creative departments.
Overall, whoever gets Sanchez will undoubtedly be improving their squad, but I’m not wholly convinced that the financial sums that it will take to sign him, and the players that will have to potentially miss out, would be entirely worth it.
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