The dearth of quality players with world class abilities have made clubs to scramble for the few that are available in the market. Because such players are tied to a few clubs, their availability is often as a result of being surplus to requirement, and not by choice. So it is, that Alexis Sanchez has suddenly become available in the transfer market as Barcelona look to restructure it team following a disappointing season in which they went trophyless.
Already, the availability of the Chilean has attracted keen interest from Juventus, Arsenal and Liverpool. As of yet, none of the money bag clubs have expressed an interest in the Chilean, but that could be about to change.
Speaking in an interview, Spanish based journalist Graham Hunter gave an instance of how events at other clubs could change the current picture. Hear him:
“. . .there is a big queue of suitors for him, and there was before his positive World Cup. Juventus made an agreement with him a week before the World Cup, and they’re very keen. ARSENAL want him and, at the moment, that’s the most likely destination.”
“They are willing to offer up big money, which will be recycled by Barcelona into the deal for Suarez. As we stand, although the player is on holiday and therefore we have to be patient because he has the final word. If he leaves the Nou Camp his most likely destination is ARSENAL.”
But, this is where the dynamics of the situation could change. He continues:
“If Alvaro Negredo leaves Man City, which he has told the club he wants to, to join Atletico Madrid, then I would not rule out a move from Manuel Pellegrini’s side. At the moment though, ARSENAL leads the queue.”
It is clear from Graham Hunter’s assessment, that Arsenal are in pole position to sign the Chilean. But being in pole position does not eventually mean the player will end up at the Emirates. The club has been in this position before which makes unnecessary haggling over the deal extremely unhealthy for both parties.
There is ready a precedent shown by the money bag clubs that when they are interested in a player, a club with lesser means cannot compete with them, which makes it absolutely important for those at Highbury House not to delay in completing a deal for the Chilean. As the episode of Juan Mata and Gonzalo Higuain is still fresh in the memory of many.
If the club really wants the Chilean as part of it plans for the coming season, there is no point beating around the bush, getting the deal done nice and early will be a departure from the late drama that those affiliated to the club have become used to. For once a change would be nice.