Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez has recently been linked with a move back to the league that made him as a player, and it is Juventus who are interested in acquiring the former Udinese star, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The Chilean was a sensation in Francesco Guidolin's side and eventually became most effective through the middle, just off Antonio Di Natale, although the 24-year-old is equally comfortable playing out wide.
Sanchez's role with Juventus would be behind soon-to-be new signing Fernando Llorente, which would come at the expense of Mirko Vucinic and Sebastian Giovinco, two players that cost the Bianconeri a total of €26 million.
But unfortunately, despite their domestic dominance, Juve lack a cutting edge in attack and not just because of a lack of goals.
Sanchez would add dynamism and the ability to stretch the opposition, combining with a target man in Llorente and giving Juve an option to play in behind the defence.
As a 22-year-old, Sanchez scored 12 goals and made six assists for Udinese in Serie A before his move to La Liga, which is a similar record to Vucinic and Giovinco, but we know that Sanchez has yet to reach his true potential, something that Juventus could bring out of him.
Despite being a bit-part player at Barcelona, Sanchez has 14 goals and 12 assists in 44 league games for the Blaugrana, which could easily be matched playing for Juventus. While the Bianconeri might enjoy less possession—diminishing the amount of touches that Sanchez gets—they would also be able to give the player a starring role, providing a greater influence for the Chilean.
With Arturo Vidal familiar with the player from his time with the Chile national team, Sanchez would be able to drop deep and feed the likes of El Guerrero, Claudio Marchisio or Paul Pogba—all athletic midfielders who enjoy bursting forward.
If you consider that the opposition would have to compensate for this deep threat by marking the late runs from these midfielders, Juve's style would be perfectly suited to Sanchez.
Sanchez is lightning fast, meaning that these runners would create plenty of room for him to exploit, whereas at Barcelona, Sanchez is too often dependent on his dribbling skills against deep-lying defences.
With Sanchez currently on the periphery of the Barcelona team, his value is currently low, meaning Juve could also get great value for a player that cost the Catalans £22.9 million in 2011.
Juve are clearly close to being a serious contender for the Champions League, and even though the Old Lady has a chance to win it this year, it is probable that their blunt strike force will let them down in the end.
Sanchez is such a versatile forward that he could either be built around in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2, playing off Llorente or Juve could switch things up and showcase him wide in a 4-3-3, giving Juve an extra dimension.
With a team on the cusp of translating their dominance on the peninsula to Europe, Juve should jump at the chance to sign a mercurial talent in Sanchez.
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