Should Sanchez leave or stay?

Should Sanchez leave or stay?
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

Manchester United are ready to battle Manchester City for the signature of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in January. The Chilean is available on a free transfer next summer, so bids of around 30 million are expected to persuade him to move earlier, but which club should he join? And should he snub both to stay at the Emirates?

Our club correspondents make their case for Sanchez to arrive, or stay put.

MAN CITY: Become one of the best in world and win trophies

If Sanchez still has footballing ambitions in England, his only realistic move is to Manchester City. The Chilean has never won the Premier League and by switching to the Etihad Stadium he is all-but guaranteeing himself a winner's medal in May.

With this expensively-assembled squad, Pep Guardiola's side will be challenging for the biggest trophies in Europe every season, but the same ca not be said at Arsenal, and who knows with Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

But there will be no shortcuts at City for Sanchez. In a squad bulging with quality, he will have to compete against the best in Europe (both opposition and his own teammates) and, in a year when he will miss out on the World Cup, it will be a real opportunity to make his mark as one of the best players on the planet.

Guardiola has always been a fan of Sanchez since he took him to Barcelona and not many players can turn down the best coach in the world, who once again this season has shown he can make great footballers even better.

Guardiola is secure in his job and has a clear strategy moving forward, while there always seems to be uncertainty surrounding the futures of Arsene Wenger and Mourinho. The latter is back to his old ways of picking fights -- even criticising his own players if he thinks it's the right thing to do -- and that environment is not the most attractive proposition for a player who can have his pick of sides.

At 29, Sanchez's next move may well be the last big one he makes. If he wants to cap a brilliant career with a late flourish of success, City are his best bet. -- Jonathan Smith.

MAN UNITED: Come and be one of the "Untouchables"

It will be difficult for United to convince Alexis Sanchez to choose Old Trafford, asCity offer the chance to work with a manager he has had success under before (Guardiola) and, probably, a Premier League winners medal in May.


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