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Chelsea are keeping a close eye on the Chile international’s contract talks – here’s why he should make the move to Stamford Bridge
The Diego Costa saga has cast a shadow over Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge but the uncertainty over the Spaniard’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge would be appeased by the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
While Chelsea deal with the aftermath of an approach from Chinese Premier League side Tianjin Quanjian, their rivals across town apparently have problems of their own in convincing Sanchez to commit his future to the Gunners.
Just imagine it for a second. It would put the final nail in the coffin of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal career and Chelsea fans would relish such a scenario.
While a January deal would appear nigh-on impossible, a summer move for Sanchez would be a huge statement of intent from the Blues ahead of next season – and would leave the Blues’ fellow title competitors in the dust.
Sanchez is the real deal; full of pace, power and skill, but also desperate to be a winner and he will work harder than anyone else to be one.
Cracks for the 28-year-old at Arsenal are already showing, with a heated argument with Aaron Ramsey and the look of absolute disgust as Olivier Giroud celebrated when equalising against Bournemouth followed up by him storming off in last weekend’s win at Swansea.
But the overriding factor remains that the Chilean is yet to have signed his new deal at the club, with his contract running out in 18 months’ time.
That speaks volumes about what he thinks is happening at the Gunners and the potential future of Wenger as well.
Mesut Ozil has yet to commit also, which begs the question of whether the club can fulfil either players’ lofty expectations or hopes.
But Chelsea can and would welcome Sanchez with open arms with the promise of regularly competing for the prizes he craves.
The Blues have previous in taking an Arsenal star, with Ashley Cole snared from the Emirates as William Gallas went in the opposite direction.
Stealing Sanchez would eclipse even the uproar in North London that Cole’s departure created – and what a signal it could be to the rest of the league.