Juventus Transfers: Should the Bianconeri Sign Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez?
Should the Bianconeri sign the struggling Chilean international?
This article will tell you why Alexis has failed to live up to his €26 million transfer fee, why Juve director general Beppe Marotta is likely to punt on Sanchez and how the former Udinese star fits into Juventus' starting XI.
FC Barcelona: What's Happened to Alexis Sanchez?
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There are 299 players in Europe's top tier leagues that dribble more times per game (1.0) than Alexis (0.9).
Sanchez is only successful 38 percent of the time when he takes an opponent on.
That's why he has resorted to throwing himself to the floor desperately hoping the referee would bail him out.
The Chilean has the worst La Liga passing completion percentage for a Barcelona outfielder (81.6; the average is 89.7).
When Alexis did a Fernando Torres against Málaga, it encapsulated the Chilean's career at Barça thus far.
To quote what I said on July 22, 2011 (via Bleacher Report):
Alexis Sánchez is overhyped.
He played an exceptional second half of the season, but that’s it.
Look beyond the hype and remember for the first half of the season, this was a guy headed down Matías Fernández’s road.
Sánchez’s move to the centre precipitated some world-class displays, but Lionel Messi plays in that position, and unless manager Pep Guardiola decides to radically change what has worked for him, Sánchez will struggle.
Also here’s a boulevard of broken dreams for talented expensive failures which Barcelona have indulged upon in recent times.
- €20 million for Geovanni in 2001
- €15 million for Alexander Hleb in 2008
- €15 million for Simão Sabrosa in 1999
- €11 million for Juan Román Riquelme in 2002
Before the Zlatan Ibrahimović debacle, there was the outrageously daft decision to pay €40.6 million to Arsenal for Marc Overmars.
Oh and of course, the recent signing of Keirrison was just so odd. You pay €14 million for a guy who doesn't even play?
It's just now that you begin to understand why Barcelona are in so much debt.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Sánchez joins this list.
If anything, I think his time at Camp Nou will mirror that of Ricardo Quaresma.
Why Beppe Marotta May Punt on Alexis Sanchez
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This isn't the free-flowing and instinctive Alexis Sanchez that had world-class moments for Udinese.
It's been replaced by a gawky and submissive role player stripped of the freedom which made him a prime target for Europe's most prestigious clubs.
Here are two signings involving Juventus where an out-of-form footballer was transferred and did a complete 180 in terms of performance levels.
Around two years ago, Juventus director general Beppe Marotta signed Kicker's 164th rated Bundesliga player in Andrea Barzagli, a defender who was constant fodder for criticism at Wolfsburg.
Right now, Barzagli is either the best centre-back in the world or the second best (behind Bayern Munich's Dante).
If Sanchez is available for €10 million, Alexis can be Marotta's Henry.
Why would the Chilean be available for such a low transfer fee?
Barcelona have a history of accepting significant losses in order to move on players they didn't want (Zlatan Ibrahimović, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, Gerard López and Alexander Hleb).
Alexis Sanchez Discussion Points
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4 Reasons Why Juventus Signing Alexis Sanchez Is a Good Idea
1. Antonio Conte has the best back three and most complete midfield triumvirate in Europe.
If you add Alexis—who was at times unstoppable in a deep-lying forward role for Udinese—to compliment Fernando Llorente, the Bianconeri could turn into a dynasty.
2. Llorente can hold up the ball; he is strong in the air; but most importantly, he's at home when the ball is played to his feet.
He is a complete forward, who will keep opposing defenders preoccupied thereby creating space for Sanchez to attack.
3. Alexis is gun-shy at Barcelona due to his preferred position being occupied by a living legend that is Lionel Messi.
At Juve, Sanchez can be the man where he becomes the focal point of the offense, which means we'll be seeing the Udinese version.
4. Chilean compatriots Arturo Vidal and Mauricio Isla will help Alexis ease into life in Turin therefore extinguishing the possibility of him feeling like an outsider in his first few weeks at the club.
Alexis Sanchez or Sebastian Giovinco?
Giovinco gives away the ball away 26.7 percent of the time he passes; he isn't consistent; and he doesn't have the presence of an Udinese Alexis.
Sanchez will have the edge over Sebastian because the Chilean can communicate with Fernando.
Then there's the connection with Arturo, so the transitional play into the final third should be great.
Going to Inter?
Alexis joining the Nerazzurri makes little sense because they're not going to win Serie A anytime soon and there's hardly any stability at the club with Andrea Stramaccioni on the chopping block.
The Bianconeri would be the right choice for Sanchez with the Chilean connection, a win-now approach and him being able to play alongside Llorente in the "2" of the 3-5-2.
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