Arsenal have problems on and off the field. Their league form has slumped, and the Gunners now face a battle to finish in the top four with question marks still surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger.
As well as their on-field troubles, the Gunners risk losing their two-star players – Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Both have just one year remaining on their contract at the end of the season, and both have been linked with a move away from the Emirates.
Sanchez has grew frustrated with life at the club and was seen to be visibly frustrated during Arsenal’s 10-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich – sparking rumours of an exit.Embed from Getty Images
We assess the options available to the Chilean international.
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Surprisingly, Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign the ex-Barcelona forward.
While their form under Antonio Conte has been spectacular, no-one would have expected the Blues to emerge as contenders for Sanchez’s signature.
Barring any late slip-ups, Chelsea should be crowned Premier League champions for the second time in three seasons after defeating Manchester City while Arsenal haven’t won the league since 2004.
Sanchez was quoted as saying he would like to stay in London but with a team that is winning things – Chelsea fit the bill.
Diego Costa’s future at the club remains unclear as a hamstring injury has disrupted his season and rumours continue to circulate regarding a move to China or France.
Sanchez would be the perfect signing for Conte and could be the key to retaining the title if they manage to stay top of the pile in the current campaign.
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A return to the Serie A could also be on the cards as Juventus are long-term admirers of the former Udinese forward.
The Italian giants flexed their financial muscle last year by splashing out over £70m to prise Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.
However, Paulo Dybala has been linked with a move to Real Madrid meaning Massimiliano Allegri could have to replace the Argentine.
Sanchez would the ideal marquee signing if Dybala did leave the club. He has played in Italy before and could give Juventus an edge in European competitions.
However, without offloading Dybala or Higuain, it’s hard to see the Italian champions sanctioning a big money move for the Chilean unless they plan to incoropate him in a dream forward trio.
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Another enticing option for Sanchez could be a move to France with Paris St Germain.
PSG currently lie in second place to Monaco after years of dominance in Ligue 1. They would be able to match the wages of any club in the world and could tempt Arsenal with a huge transfer fee.
With the French league no longer a formality, Sanchez could be the player to swing the league back in their favour.
It is clear that the Parisiens long-term vision is success on the European stage and the 28-year-old could be the perfect addition to do just that.
Whether Sanchez would be happy to move to a league that isn’t considered as competitive as the Premier League or elsewhere could be a problem for the French club.
Nevertheless, PSG remain strong contenders to sign the Chilean in the summer window.
Also keen on bringing Sanchez back to Italy are Inter Milan – who reportedly have a transfer war chest to play with this summer.
Rumours are circulating that the Milan giants are looking to tempt Conte to leave Chelsea for the San Siro and bring Sanchez with him.
The club’s new Chinese owners have the financial clout to be able to pull off a mammoth deal for the forward that would put the Italian club back on the map.
If a bidding war did ensue for the Chilean, Inter could now match the transfer fees and wages of any team on this list meaning a move to the San Siro is a real possibility.
But if Sanchez is serious about winning trophies, he may favour a move to a club who aren’t beginning a rebuilding process.
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