OPINION : Arsenal Could Miss Out On Alexis Sanchez Due To Neymar’s Injury

When Neymar got injured against Colombia by fracturing his vertebrate, the ramifications of that injury were clearly felt by the nation of Brazil, who saw the player, their best hope, lied in winning the World Cup stricken from a debilitating injury. Yet that was the nation of Brazil in a wide worry as to the effect of Neymar’s injury.

However, another twist has emerged from underneath this injury, as it relates to Arsenal’s pursuit of Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez. There are concerns among the Arsenal fan base that Barcelona could choose to hold on to Sanchez after all following this injury to Neymar for different reasons.

Firstly, it has not yet been established that the Brazilian’s injury will heal up within the recovery time of six weeks, that has been sounded out, and with the likelihood that Lionel Messi could spend an extended time in recuperation following his World Cup participation, it leaves the Catalan club with a dearth of attacking talents. Which will mean, the club only has Pedro and Alexis Sanchez as the other attacking players in the squad. On the other hand, the club’s potential signing of Luis Suarez does not mitigate these issues, as the Uruguay is not expected to play again until later in October.

Although, the issue surrounding the Sanchez transfer from an Arsenal perspective has always been on whether Arsenal can beat Juventus and Liverpool to the signing of the Chilean. As of yet, none has considered the possible domino effect of the Neymar injury. So far, prognosis on the  injury had come from the Brazilian team doctors, a different picture from the Barca’s medics, could very well alter the possibility of this transfer coming through. So far, the cards lies with the Catalan giants, but as the cliché goes, every player has a price.

Whatever the possible effect of Neymar’s injury on the plans of Barcelona to sell Alexis Sanchez, a lot still depend on those at Highbury House to see this through. Barcelona has to sell before it can bring in players, especially with the over 70 million Pounds they are expected to spend in signing Luis Suarez. And Liverpool in effect has brought in Adam Lallana, Ricky Lambert, the German Emre Can, with other deals lined up for Divock Origi for 10 million Pounds and Lazar Markovic from Benfica for 25 million Pounds. These deals put together are in the sums of in the region of 76 million Pounds which covers the fee for the Luis Suarez transfer. What this mean, is that Liverpool are already reshaping their squad for the departure of the Uruguayan.

It therefore means that Barcelona will nevertheless sell Alexis Sanchez despite the injury to Neymar, as they will need the former’s transfer fee to complete the deal that will take Suarez to Nou Camp.

Liverpool are already on a spending spree with a 20 million Pounds bid, rejected from Southampton for defender Dejan Lovren. They will have to balance the books with their debts. And Luis Suarez is the go between of it all. Arsenal being cash rich and in need of Sanchez makes it a win-win situation for those at Highbury house as they know that Barcelona needs the cash to get Suarez after all.