Alexis Sanchez is one of those transfers that most definitely got away. Well, he was when he was playing like one of the best players in the world during his after he left Udinese for the big-money club sides in Europe. Sanchez in his mid-20s was electrifying both as a goal scorer and an overall play maker.
The thing is, though, the Sanchez we saw at Barcelona and Arsenal is far from the one that is now 30 years old and wearing a Manchester United jersey.
The tumbling of form will almost certainly see Sanchez leave Old Trafford some time soon in what is expected to be another summer of massive changes throughout Manchester United’s roster. That’s if a club is willing to take on his absolutely absurd £26 million-per-season salary before taxes — nearly £500,000 per week, you guys! — salary.
According to Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus has, at the very least, entertained the idea of seeing Sanchez finally wear bianconero and bring the Chilean forward back to Serie A this summer. If Sanchez really is a Juve transfer target, then they are reportedly going to see plenty of competition from Inter, which is probably going to be doing plenty of transfer dealings once the much-rumored arrival of Antonio Conte as their new manager actually takes place.
First, more from Di Marzio:
Both Inter and Juventus have already met with the Chilean international’s agent Fernando Felicevich to assess the situation. As a matter of fact, Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici was also photographed meeting with Felicevich, who was mistaken for Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain by some on the web.
(Source: Gianluca Di Marzio)
We don’t know anything about transfer fees. We have no idea how much of a pay cut Sanchez would actually be OK with taking if it means he’s actually leaving Manchester United. We don’t know what Juventus’ interest actually is even though Fabio Paratici has already been pictured talking to Sanchez’s agent recently.
But what we do know that in the span of 18 months, Sanchez has gone from world beater and potential Premier League Player of the Year to being considered one of United’s worst transfer deals EVER. This is a fall from grace that few players have happen in their careers.
In conclusion, let’s see what SB Nation’s Manchester United blog, The Busby Babe, thinks of the possibility of Sanchez leaving this summer:
In that story, Sanchez is referred to as “the anti-talisman.” It seems quite fitting based on how his time wearing Manchester United colors has gone. Yeah, do not want.