Alexis Sanchez looks increasingly likely to leave Arsenal come this summer as a number of Europe’s top clubs look to secure the Chilean’s signature.
According to the Mirror, Bayern Munich are the latest team to show an interest in the winger. The newspaper reported that Bayern executives attended the FA Cup Semi-Final, where Sanchez scored the winner against Man City.
Despite Arsene Wenger’s insistent that his star man will be going nowhere, the 28-year-old’s future at the Gunners seems more and more in doubt. Sanchez has just twelve months remaining on his contract and looks no closer to signing a new one.
At 28, the winger is also at the peak of his career, and at a time where he should be winning trophies, he finds himself struggling in what seems like a stagnant Arsenal side that looks like it will miss out on Champions League football next year.
A player of Sanchez’s calibre should be playing Champions League football and, as the footballing giants of Europe circle, it is difficult to see him being an Arsenal player for much longer.
Of course, this will be a huge loss for the London club. The ex-Barcelona man is one of their few world-class talents, and perhaps their only one. He has an ability from a wide position to both score and create goals but is just as comfortable doing this from a central attacking position. Alongside this, Sanchez has a desire and determination that is almost unmatched in world football.
What an acquisition it would be for Bayern Munich, however. The Chilean has managed 19 goals and nine assists in 33 Premier League appearances this season, statistics which saw him deservedly get a nomination for PFA Player of the Year. It’s scary to think what he could do in a Bayern Munich side alongside the talent they have.
With Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben coming towards the end of their respective careers, the move makes a lot of sense as well. Sanchez would slot right into the Bayern side and with fellow countryman Arturo Vidal occupying a midfield role as well as ex-Barcelona teammate Thiago, the winger would already have a foundation in place to build and play from.
It's very easy to see Sanchez in Carlo Ancelotti’s side but this is just one of many potential destinations for a player currently at the top of his game. With many uncertainties currently surrounding Arsenal, the future of Alexis Sanchez looks increasingly in doubt also. It will be very interesting to see how this saga unfolds.