This summer may see the end of the curious case of Alexis Sanchez. Hailed as a coup for Man United, having been snatched from under the noses of Pep Guardiola and Man City, Sanchez was expected to repeat the form that saw him praised from all corners of the English game whilst operating within a lacklustre Arsenal squad.
The form never materialised and with Ole Gunnar Solskjær likely to be named Man United’s next permanent manager, it seems as though Sanchez will be leaving.
Sanchez has undoubtedly failed to make an impact within the United team. This combined with an injury plagued season has seen his attitude, work rate, and attacking powers questioned by those within the game.
Now at the age of 30, Alexis Sanchez’s appears to be burnt out. However, this should have been expected for a player who was only provided with a summer break for this first time in four years after Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup. (Sanchez was indispensable for La Roja in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America, 2016 Copa America Centenario and 2017 Confederations Cup). Very rarely do attacking wingers maintain peak performance after reaching such an age. As has been the case in the past, Italy, France, or Spain have been home to wingers looking to see out their careers.
Therefore, we have calculated Alexis Sanchez’s value at £7.36m. This reflects the fact that any purchasing club is unlikely to get any resale value on him, although he could generate a large amount of income via shirt sales, especially in his home country of Chile.
Sanchez is still seen as an impact player in those countries; he may not have the pace he once had, but he still has the technical ability to win key battles on the pitch. The rumour mill is swirling, with Juventus and PSG seemingly expressing an interest in Sanchez’s services, but any deal will likely see Sanchez having to take a considerable pay cut.
Currently earning a reported £500,000 per week, Sanchez is by far United’s highest paid player, and earns considerably more than several Juventus and PSG players. The issue of wages could be the deciding factor in any deal. It would also be to United’s benefit if Sanchez was sold to ensure wage costs do not spiral out of control. In recent weeks, it has been reported David De Gea, Juan Mata, and Ander Herrera have stalled negotiation talks as they wish to have similar pay packets to that of Sanchez’s.
If Sanchez wishes to continue earning enormous amounts of money per week, his only option may be to join the likes of Hulk and Oscar by playing in the Chinese Super League.
It remains to be seen what happens in the summer transfer market, but for both Man United and Alexis Sanchez, a clean break may be the best course of action.