Prudent Manchester City right to steer clear of Alexis Sanchez
Prudent Manchester city right to steer clear of Alexis Sanchez by Precious Marho
Having long been the front runner for Alexis Sanchez’s signature, Manchester city chiefs will not have been too enamoured at the decision to pull out of the deal and give the neighbours something to cheer about. At the eleventh hour of last summer’s window, the mechanics of the Sanchez deal had already been trashed out- both personal terms and a transfer fee agreed. The Chilean was waiting in anticipation for the transfer to go through only for arsenal to incompetently fail to convince Thomas Lemar that the grass was greener north the border.
Fast-forward to the winter, and instigated by Gabriel Jèsus’ injury to renegotiate, the deal was essentially a foregone conclusion. All that remained was the seemingly facile task of again coming to terms with Arsenal. Then, like a wolf out of the blue, United swooped in with a disproportionate offer. Alexis Sanchez couldn’t say no. with the money on the table, how could he?
For Manchester city though, could Jose’s show of financial strength have been a blessing in disguise? At 29, Alexis, for a club obsessed with long term continuity commingled with continuous improvement wouldn’t be a bad deal, per se, but, it wouldn’t be an excellent deal either. He has only a few years left at the top level. Arguably his infectious energy would probably make that number north of five, but with Aguero also 29 and at least four first teamers close to or in their 30s, another soon to be 30 year old isn’t at all what the doctor prescribed. There’s also no real resale value.
Moreover, there’s the small matter of the wages. His wage prerequisite would have made him by far the highest paid player in the team; higher than the excellent De Bryne, captain David Silva, all time highest score Aguero; et al. That may have created a tad of friction in the squad and unsettled certain members. In a year where city are on the verge of achieving something special indeed, astute it was to avoid such a risk.
Besides, to a team built on foundations of selfless play, Alexis’s style which borders on the greedy to the showy would have generated some fuss going forward. Granted, he will be willing to adapt, but at 29 years already, and with three and a half years of being indulged by arsenal, his adaptation process wouldn’t at all have been smooth. He couldn’t quite adapt at Barcelona, who’s to say he would have adapted at City?
Admittedly though, with four competitions to navigate, City are maybe a forward short and would surely have benefited from Alexis’ quality in their pursuit for unprecedented excellence this season. Maybe, underneath their scouting network, an unearthed gem would be procured in January, or a short term deal can be trashed out with a forward of decent quality. In a world cup year where superstars are bound to be formed, the mammoth deals are better left to the summer.
Make no mistake, from a united perspective; this deal represents an enormous two pronged coup. Not only does it inject a dose of energy to their attack, but it also lays down a marker for City too: ‘we will fight and compete with you (if not on the pitch, then off it)’. Now the onus is on Jose to use this as a springboard and deliver the title next season. With this transfer, he can no longer play the card of ‘the disparate spending between the Manchester clubs as an excuse’. But, if united lag behind City next season, I am sure other cards would surely be found.
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