If you were going to put money on the destinations for Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott this January, then you would put it on Manchester City and Southampton.
We all know about the ongoing links with Manchester City for Alexis and it was reported that Theo to Southampton was done deal and all we needed was Walcott’s signature.
However, it seems as if the vultures are circling (in a sense).
Manchester United have apparently made contact with Arsenal and are keen to hijack the Sanchez deal, which would be typical Jose Mourinho. And the BBC have just reported that Everton are in negotiations to sign Theo Walcott.
Manchester United certainly have the money to tempt Alexis so it’ll be interesting what happens there and will say a lot about how Sanchez is thinking. If it’s about trophies, playing beautiful football and being re-united with Pep Guardiola then he will go to The Etihad. But if it’s about one big final deal then Manchester United would be the choice – and it could be argued that he would probably get more playing time at Old Trafford.
A lot has been made about his relationship with Guardiola and the time they spent at Barcelona but correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the Spanish manager sell him after only one season together?
Anyway, the one thing for sure is that Sanchez won’t be seen in an Arsenal shirt for much longer.
Then we come to Theo. Southampton did seem to make sense as he wouldn’t have to uproot his family from London to the North but the Everton story is gaining traction. But if he did go to Everton I would understand why.
He’d play with Wayne Rooney which is a big pull whatever you think of him and also work with Sam Allardyce, as opposed to Mauricio Pellegrino, which is a no brainer really. Especially when the Argentinian managers future is far from certain. Working with Big Sam and getting more playing time will be in Theo’s thinking if he wants to reignite any slim chance he has to make the England squad for the World Cup.
So there we have it – where do you think Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott will end up this January? Or maybe they’ll both stay?