Liverpool linked with shock move for Arsenal star as Coutinho replacement

As per a report from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Liverpool will make a move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez this month, if Philippe Coutinho completes his long-anticipated move to Barcelona.


The story surrounding the future of Chilean international Sanchez was one of the talking points of the summer transfer window, with all of Bayern Munich, PSG, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City having expressed an interest in the 29-year-old.

A deadline day move to the Etihad to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola was labelled as ‘imminent’ by a number of outlets at the end of August, but, in the end, a move failed to materialise, mainly due to Arsenal’s inability to secure a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

On the move

As a result, Sanchez was left with no choice but to stay put in North London, though it is still widely predicted that the South American will depart the Emirates, either this month for a cut-price fee or for free in the summer upon the expiration of his contract.

Manchester City are still viewed as the leading contenders for his signature, despite the Citizens having proven already this season that they are not exactly lacking in the goalscoring department.

Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge admirer of both the talents and attitude possessed by his former charge, and will, in all likelihood, push for the board at the Etihad to secure a January deal.

Anfield bound?

However, in a surprise story emanating from Spain this afternoon, it is being suggested that Manchester City may not be the only Premier League contenders for Sanchez’s signature, with Liverpool said to be readying a bid for the Chilean, in the case that Philippe Coutinho departs the club for Barcelona.

Outlets in both England and Spain over recent days have insisted that it is now only a matter of time before Coutinho secures his dream move to the Camp Nou, with a monumental fee of up to 150 million Euro (including bonuses) having been touted.

As such, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could soon have a sizeable transfer war-chest at his disposal on Merseyside, with Alexis Sanchez reportedly viewed as a genuine target.

However, an Anfield switch for Sanchez looks unlikely for a number of reasons, not least that the South American  star is thought to be keen on a transfer to a club that are guaranteed to secure silverware over the coming seasons, leaving Manchester City as the clear frontrunners.

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