Gary Neville believes that Manchester United should make a statement by signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal after the Chilean attempted to leave the Emirates earlier this year.
Reports over the summer suggested that Man United had made inquiries over Sanchez’s availability following a season punctuated by murmurs of a possible exit.
The 28-year-old was subject to a series of late bids from Manchester City but Arsenal refused to sell their star man after it appeared they wouldn’t be able to complete a deal for Thomas Lemar in time.
And Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, has encouraged Jose Mourinho to take advantage of Sanchez’s currently murky predicament under Arsene Wenger.
“I’ve not seen the Alexis Sanchez news, so you have given me something I haven’t heard before, but, from that point of view, United, from a general perspective, should always be challenging for the best players in the world and bringing them in,” he said.
“Sanchez has been distracted at Arsenal for the last six months. His career at Arsenal, I couldn’t say a bad word about him until two or three months before the end of last season.
“I did feel he became distracted. Let’s see how he performs this season at Arsenal. Ultimately he is still building up his fitness, he’s still not in the team.”
Sanchez’s presence at Arsenal is invaluable. Where, after all, would they be if it wasn’t for the Chilean’s individual, often match-winning brilliance?
That said, you have to wonder whether the current discontent in the Sanchez camp and the player’s overt desire to be literally anywhere else outweighs the positives he brings to the club.
He is unhappy and wants to join a club with ambition. That much is clear. And Mourinho would be foolish to not at least make further enquiries next summer.