Barely seven months since his meteoric arrival at the Emirates, Alexis Sanchez is already being eyed by several clubs in Europe and after making an instantaneous impact in his early Arsenal career, it does not come as a surprise that Barcelona want him back.
That’s according to the Metro who report that the Catalans new Sporting Director, Ariedo Braida, has made clear his desire to have the Chilean at the Camp Nou again.
“I’d like Sanchez at any club I’m at,” he told El Mercurio.
“I know him a lot but I don’t know what reasons the club had to let him go, but now Sanchez is one of the best in the Premier League and is at a top level in world football.”
“Sanchez is a great player, one of the world’s best in his position. I know him a lot, has an exquisite technique.”
Braida replaced Andoni Zubizaretta as the man in charge of transfer deals for Barcelona in January. Having been Sporting Director at Milan, he would have seen very much of Sanchez while he still was at Udinese, the first professional club for which Braida played for during his hay days in the 40’s.
Arsenal profited from Barcelona’s move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez last summer and while the Uruguayan has struggled to be at the same level as he was last year, Alexis has arguably got better at Arsenal with dazzling displays capped off by goals and assists that have maintained the Gunners charge of trophies and a Champions League place. His initial exit from Barcelona was not supported by the majority of Barcelona fans and with the chief architect of that deal no more at the helm, Braida wants to do something to cause a reverse.
Could it then happen that a Suarez-Alexis swap would be offered? That will surely be too much to expect and with the form of both players at the moment, Arsene Wenger will rather keep hold of Alexis than exchange him for Suarez.
That will surely not be happening in the coming summer window, however, as Barcelona are only two months into their FIFA imposed transfer ban which will see them unable to sign any player till the winter of 2016.
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