Alexis Sanchez caused quite a storm across social media last night, sending Arsenal fans into panic after admitting that he does indeed want to be playing in the Champions League. The Chilean has been at the center of numerous transfer rumours and speculation this Summer, with Bayern Munich and Manchester City reportedly being the favourites to sign the unsettled winger. However, it has been United fans that received a little bit of encouragement with regards to a potential transfer of Sanchez joining the Red Devils, following Jose Mourinho’s comments last night.
Speaking in his post match conference, Mourinho was asked as to whether United were still in for Real Madrid striker Morata, but Jose’s response certainly sent the United fan base into frenzy. Rather bizarrely, Mourinho stated:
“It’s a question for Florentino. (Real Madrid’s president). I don’t know the first thing about Sanchez.”
Some are questioning as to whether it was a genuine slip of the tongue, or perhaps, Jose Mourinho is plotting a rather sensational move for the Arsenal player. To add more fuel to the fire, Mourinho admitted that a move for Cristiano Ronaldo was impossible, but refused to rule out a move for Sanchez. Rather than putting the rumour to bed straight away, Mourinho’s reluctance to do so has of course caused some excitement amongst fans, with Sanchez being undoubtedly one of the League’s most dangerous attackers.
Acting as an inside forward out on that left flank, Sanchez has established himself as a true attacking threat, with defenders struggling to cope with the Chilean’s pace and power once he is on the ball. In what was a rather disappointing campaign for Arsenal, Sanchez proved as one of the few highlights of the Gunner’s season, scoring a remarkable 30 goals across all competitions. In fact, when watching Arsenal at times, it seemed as though Sanchez was left to do most of the work himself, in a season where he topped the club’s charts for goals and assists whilst also picking up 12 man of the match awards.
Whilst I could continue to praise Sanchez’s attacking ability all day long, being the world-class talent that he is, the winger is however also recognised through his hard-work ethic and his willingness too contribute towards his defensive duties. In modern day football, these sorts of players are certainly hard to come by, as Sanchez is certainly one to wear his heart in his sleeve and also possesses a true winning mentality. Through a combination of both pure talent and strict diligence, Sanchez is certainly part of a rare breed of modern day footballers that seem to genuinely possess it all.
Perhaps this is where Mourinho’s head will be turned most, with the industrious manager certainly being one who favours this sort of ‘warrior type player.’ This point is certainly highlighted through his consistent selection of the workhouse that is Jessie Lingard. This preference towards these types of players has not just been something that has come about at Manchester United, but in fact, hard working wide players have always been a crucial aspect of Mourinho’s systems at every club he has managed. Whether it be through the likes of Willian, Malouda or Kalou during his reigns at Chelsea, to Stankovic and Sneijder at Inter Milan or even Di Maria at Real Madrid, there is no denying that Jose loves a good old reliable winger.
If Sanchez is available, then surely the prospect of signing one of Europe’s most prize talents would be too tempting of a proposition to turn down. The Sanchez saga certainly draws parallels to a certain Dutchman’s switch from Gunner to Red Devil and the Chilean would be welcomed with open arms by the Old Trafford faithful. Although the deal would be a complicated one, with regards to negotiations between both clubs, Manchester United’s new project under Jose Mourinho may prove as a tempting factor in Sanchez’s decision as to where his future lies.