Arsenal are set for a major reshuffle this summer that could see a number of high-profile departures from North London and Europe’s elite are ready to take advantage.
Spanish outlet Sport states Bayern Munich are leading the chase for Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez and are keen to use his contract stand-off to their advantage, as the Chilean is rapidly approaching the final 12 months of his current deal.
Negotiations regarding an extension have been put on-hold until the end of the current campaign, with Arsenal remarkably losing six of their last nine games across all competitions, but the chances of Alexis renewing with the Gunners seems to decrease with each passing week.
As such, fans of the North London giants will need to prepare themselves for a departure of their two-time Copa America winner and Bayern lead the chase for his services, as Carlo Ancelotti looks to build a side capable of dominating on the European stage after falling behind the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in recent seasons.
Where would Alexis fit in?
With wing-wizards Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in their twilight years are rapidly approaching the end of their careers, Bayern Munich need to strengthen their options out wide- especially as a permanent deal for long-term loanee Kingsley Coman may not be secured.
Alexis would come into a front-three alongside Robert Lewandowski and Douglas Costa, with Thomas Muller also stepping in where required, in a line-up that would rival Barcelona and Real Madrid’s MSN and BBC trio.
Chilean ace Alexis has already proven himself at the top of the game in both club and international football, whilst a move to Bavaria would see him unite with compatriot Arturo Vidal- which may make it easier for him to settle.
Would Arsenal sell?
In reality, Arsenal don’t really have much of a choice as their options seem to be sell this summer or lose Alexis on a free transfer in 2018- which would see the Gunners miss out on a major transfer window and would leave them hapless to stop the South American moving to a rival Premier League side.
The Gunners will demand a high price for his services, at least looking to recoup the £35m they paid Barcelona for the attacker in 2014, and Bayern Munich have the funds to make a deal happen- which would leave Arsenal with plenty of cash to find a replacement.
For the fans, seeing Alexis leave is bound to be painful and they’d inevitably be on the receiving end in the future, as the Gunners always seem to tackle Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but it would be fair better than seeing him represent a rival side on a weekly basis in the Premier League.