The transfer window has officially opened and the things have started getting crazy. The transfer market this summer has been labeled as “crazy” buy one of the most prominent managers in the modern football – Carlo Anchelotti. The Italian who is in charge of Bayern Munich said “I believe that the market is currently somewhat crazy – and Bayern is not a crazy club”.
His comments came as a response to the speculations that the German champions are in contact with Alexis Sanchez and are trying to persuade the player to move to Munich. COL have reported last week that “The next 2 weeks are crucial both for the Alexis Sanchez and for the Arsenal’s future. The player’s decision on whether to stay with the Gunners or to leave the Emirates, will affect the club and is a perfect example of how the things work in the modern day football”.
The prolific goalscorer is leading his national team Chile against Germany in the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup. It is expected that shortly after the tournament, he will decide on whether he’d stay at Arsenal or leave the club. If Sanchez wants to leave, Arsenal will be forced to sell him as he has only 1 year left until the end of his contract. So, he will be able to leave as a free agent next summer.
The Telegraph reported that Alexis Sanchez “fears Arsenal are prepared to stick to their word and make him enter the final 12 months of his contract as he waits to find out whether he will be forced to return to the Emirates”. It is believed that Alexis Sanchez would be offered a contract worth £350,000-a-week and that Manchester City and Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign the player.
Carlo Anchelotti has already admitted that he would like to bring Sanchez to Munich by saying “If an opportunity comes up, the club will be ready. Alexis is a great player, but not the only one in the world. I like Alexis. There are possibilities in the transfer market, which can be in many directions”.
Arsenal ready to sign Kylian Mbappe?
It makes sense for Arsenal to sign Kylian Mbappe if Arsene Wenger is sure that he will fit into his team and will have a similar impact on Gunners game, as Thierry Henry had at the time. Henry himself was full of praise of the young Monaco striker saying in March 2017 “I don’t like comparing players – Mbappe has to become Mbappe and that is all. But my word, he is good. Ooh la la. l really like watching him play”. He said that “when you have kid with that much talent” there isn’t much to teach him except “a few tactical things”.
It is more about helping someone like Mbappe to develop his brain, his intelligence and his movement, suggests Thierry Henry and says that the young players have to follow the ball movement and to “understand quickly who is weak in the match, who you should attack and who you shouldn’t attack, how to attack this player and understand all of that”.
It is believed that Arsene Wenger, who has good connections with Monaco, managing the club between 1987 and 2004, is probably the best possible coach to continue Mbappe’s development as he did with a number of other French players through the years.
Arsenal’s board obviously understand that very well and the club is ready to sanction a world transfer record in order to bring Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates. The amount of £125 million that Arsenal would pay for Mbappe sounds incredible, but part of the deal would be financed by the sale of Alexis Sanchez, if he decides that he wants to leave Arsenal.
During a post match press conference at the Confederations Cup Sanchez said that “Right now I am focussed on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished, I will see if I stay or go. I don’t know”. Asked about if he is clear on what he wants to do, the Chilean striker responded “Yes it’s clear, but I can’t tell you”.
This is not an answer that any player would give, if he wants to stay at his current club. It is definitely an answer which sounds more like “I’m changing the club and there are negotiations ongoing”. With Arsenal being aware of the situation, it is no surprise that the Gunners are willing to finally break their bank and sing the best possible replacement of the outgoing Chilean.
Bringing Kylain Mbappe to Emirates means that he would from a fantastic offensive duo with Alexandre Lacazette, whom Arsenal are working to sign. Those lads will be hard to stop, they would guarantee goals for the Gunners.