The pendulum continues to swing in respect of Arsenal’s link to Chilean and Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez. The reports last week was, that the ‘boy wonder’ would prefer a move to the Emirates. Now reports have reemerge that claims Alexi Sanchez would prefer a move to Italy. If true, this will not be a surprise, as he has played in that country before precisely for Udinese.
However, despite his preference for Italy, the club he is being linked to, Juventus, might be unlikely to meet the financial demands of Barcelona. As the Catalans would look to recoup the money they spend in bringing him from Italy.
His likely preference of Italy over a move to the Emirates could be cushioned by the pursuit of Angel Di Maria. The Argentine have become unsettled in Real Madrid due to the fact he has persistently been linked away from the club despite his contributions to the club’s success over the past season. He has also been linked to Arsenal many times in the last few months and it will not surprise me one bit if Wenger moves for him should his pursuit of Sanchez fail.
If the goal post shifts as regards the pursuit of the Chilean attacker, those at the Highbury House could turn their attention to the lanky Angel Di Maria. Both players essentially possess the same qualities of pace, power, energy and commitment. Although, the Argentine is left footed and he is as versatile as the Chilean. Possessing the ability to play everywhere in attack. With an uncanny ability to come up with an element of surprise.
He was one of the players linked to the Emirates last summer and the Madrid hierarchy would have cashed in on him. If not for the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, who preferred the energy of the Argentine over the slick play of Mezut Ozil.
Getting in the former Benfica winger will reunite old acquaintance at the Emirates.
However, judging by the fact the Italian coach has already stated that the Argentine is instrumental to his plans, it remains to be seen whether Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid, will sanction a deal for a player he does not see as fitting his galactic policy. A lot though will depend on the Argentine, and the position of Ancelotti. But, Arsenal can very well act on the discontent the player expressed at the end of last season, when he hit out at the treatment of the Madrid hierarchy for the constant rumours that linked him to Spurs as a make weight in the deal that eventually took Gareth Bale to Madrid.
Clearly, no player likes being made a make weight, yet, every player has a price. Arsenal now have the financial clot to make any deal happen.