With the Morata saga nearing its inevitable conclusion, tragically so for Juventus fans, club directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici are seemingly working on several alternatives. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has emerged as the latest name to replace the Spaniard in Turin.
With Real Madrid having officially conveyed their intentions to activate Morata’s buy back clause, Sky Sport Italia claim that Juve, despite of showing interest in Romelu Lukaku and Edinson Cavani, have been rebuffed by their respective transfer tags.
They could instead turn to an old target, one that former coach Antonio Conte, who is now Chelsea bound, wanted desperately in his team – Alexis Sanchez (via Football-Italia).
The Transfer Story That is 5 Years in the Making
The Chilean was subject to a protracted period of interest from the Old Lady, as the club courted him since his years playing in Udine with the Zebrette, the other white and black outfit from Italy.
Juve’s financial conditions at the time coupled with his ambitions to play for Barcelona proved to be too big a stumbling block for Juventus to overcome.
Quintessentially, Italian penny-pinching attitude was the reason Juventus lost him yet again to Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for £31.7 million. Ironically, Juve turned instead to Real Madrid and their young forward Alvaro Morata who had done impressively at the U21 level but was failing to make an impact with Real Madrid.
The world comes a full circle as Arsenal now emerge as the prime candidates to buy Morata from Real while Juve are looking to finally land Alexis Sanchez.
A Place for the Chilean
While Morata and Sancez are not comparable – Morata being an orthodox striker and Sanchez being more of a winger, Sanchez may operate as a second striker or as Italians call it segunda punta for Allegri’s side.
Juventus are likely to purchase another striker to replace Zaza who has offers from Germany and England and a replacement for Cuadrado who is also Chlesea bound.
Sanchez would fit very well with the Bianconeri, having played a poignant role in Arsenal for the last two seasons.