When the summer commenced few would have thought that Arsenal will have to slough it out with Liverpool in the transfer market over certain players. The Luis Suarez transfer to Barcelona was to have brought Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction either as part of the Uruguayan deal or as a straight cash deal. But as it turned out despite the best attempt of Liverpool fans to paint it differently, the Chilean opted for Arsenal over Liverpool for reasons best known to him, but one which Brendan Rodgers described as geographical. Dwelling on the choice by the Chilean to swoop Nou Camp for the Emirates, the Liverpool manager said thus: (the first answer was in reference to whether the Merseyside club is struggling to attract top players)
“I don’t think so,” he said
“There was one (Alexis Sanchez) where geography dictated where he wanted to go-simple as that. It’s been the other way.
“Lots of players are really impressed by what we are doing as a club and really excited about coming to Liverpool.
“It wasn’t due to a lack of ambition by the club. It was about where the player and his family (Alexis Sanchez) wanted to choose to live.
“He’s a fantastic player and would have suited us. His profile would have been great but it was not to be and we move on.”
That was at attempt by the Liverpool manager to adduce a concrete reason as to why the ‘boy wonder’ opted for North London over Liverpool.
However, the Alexis Sanchez saga may have been resolved, but there is still another still brewing between Liverpool and Arsenal, with reports that Altetico Madrid right back is also Javier Manquillo interesting Liverpool. A player it was thought Arsene Wenger was planning on bringing to North London on loan.
Liverpool already have Glen Johnson and Jan Flanagan as right backs in their squad, their likely pursuit of Manquillo might not yield any result if Arsenal are really interested in bringing the 20 year old to the Emirates. The transfer will likely be premised on the club that can offer him the best opportunity to play. With fellow Spaniard Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla in the books at Arsenal, that could sway the decision of Manquillo.
Although, the best way possible for Brendan Rodgers side to beat Arsenal to this signing is, if Arsene Wenger is not interested in signing him. And as revealed in his interview on the official site, when he gave his backing to Carl Jenkinson to be the second choice to Mathieu Debuchy, which may well, be the case.