When Alexis Sanchez completed his €37.5 million move from Serie A side Udinese back in 2011, big things were expected of him, especially afterhe settled down fairly comfortably in his first season scoring 15 goals and making five assists in all competitions for the Catalan giants.
But he has failed to grab a permanent place in the starting eleven under new manager Tito Vilanova. His future at the club has been up for speculation after making just 10 starts in the league this season. Liverpool and Juventus have been linked with a move for the Chilean international and now Inter have joined the long list of suitors for the 24-year-old.
Reports from Italy suggest that Massimo Moratti, who is looking to rebuild the squad for next season, has met Sanchez’s representatives and the forward is willing to take a pay-cut in order to join the Italian giants as he looks to gain more first team action.
Inter have already landed exciting talents like Icardi, Andreolli, Botta, Campagnaro and Laxalvt for the next season, but Barcelona’s asking price might be a stumbling block in their attempt to land Alexis Sanchez. The Spanish side, will look to recoup some to the transfer fee they spent on him.
Alexis Sanchez was expected to hit the ground running. He did anything, but that. After spending one season trying to acclimatize himself to the game at Camp Nou, it is evident that the Chilean is nowhere near what Barca expected him to be and perhaps he will add to the woeful list of wrong transfers, a la Ibrahimovic, Chygrinskiy, Hleb, et al. The Italian league suited him more and the link-up with Inter only seems likely.
His ability to run at defenses and also outmuscle opponents is suitable to the style employed in Italy. His talent is unquestionable and perhaps when Barcelona were on the lookout for a young offensive player, they should have gone for Rossi, who had prior La Liga experience. Whatever Alexis is expected to do, Ibrahim Afellay did the same thing and it was perhaps a mistake to let him leave on loan. Ibi’s ability is beyond question and the way he skinned a player of Marcelo’s calibre is still fresh in the memory of Cules around the globe.
The departure of Alexis might just force Barca to bring back Afellay and eventually Neymar sometime in the future. Despite having a stunning youth academy, it can be said without doubt that the Catalan’s have failed when it came to the transfer market.