Arsenal was linked to host of names during the summer transfer window including Kylian Mbappe who end up going to PSG, Thomas Lemar who stayed back at Monaco and Dries Mertens who just signed a new contract extension with Napoli.
ARSENAL SUMMER TRANSFER DEALS:
Arsenal brought Sead Kolasinac on a free from Schalke and Alexandre Lacazette for £52m from Lyon, two players who have so far settled in nicely with series of convincing displays, but Arsenal transfer dealing was mar by the controversies surrounding the failed bid by Alexis Sanchez to secure a move away from the emirate and the eventual transfer of Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.
ALEXIS SAGA GOES ON:
Arsenal held on to Alexis Sanchez only by the skin of the teeth, as a deal worth £60m plus add-on was reported to have been agreed, it was only a late failed £92m bid by Arsenal for Thomas Lemar that scuppered the Alexis Sanchez transfer deal.
The Alexis Sanchez issue, however, is not going away, despite the closure of the transfer window. In fact, the window was barely shut before the rumour mill went into overdrive as to the destination of Alexis Sanchez in January. Other big European clubs have joined the queue of suitors.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have joined Manchester City in wanting the player. The thinking behind the surge of interest is logical, by January, Alexis will be allowed to talk to other clubs and agree on a pre-contract agreement and by July he can walk out of the club, so Arsenal may have rebuffed advances by Man City to buy Sanchez in the summer, they may be less willing to let him go for absolutely free by August, and so January sale seems very likely, albeit at a much lower price compared to the one offered in August, although a bidding war may increase the final fee.
Alexis Sanchez has not been in top form since the end of the transfer window, Manager Arsene Wenger put this down to fatigue due to international duty as well as lack of fitness, and as such has not started a premier league game, but Sanchez still remains a very good player that can walk into the starting 11 of any top Premier League clubs including Manchester United and can cause havoc against any team which would include Arsenal, in fact he may have extra motivation to punish Arsenal, as such Wenger needs to sell the player tactically if he is selling in January.
This means selling him to a club outside the Premier League. Real Madrid has been mentioned as being interested in the player, it would make sense to sell to Madrid instead of Man United and Manchester City, however, there is even a better option.
THE BEST POSSIBLE DEAL FOR ARSENAL IS CAVANI & ALEXIS SWAP:
Arsenal can seize the opportunity provided by the feud between Cavani and Neymar.
PSG was linked with Sanchez in the summer, at some point, it feels like they were in front of other clubs as the favourite.
PSG now have a problem in their hand that is not likely to go away anytime soon. The likely outcome is that Cavani would have to be sold to appease Neymar. PSG is not likely to Sell 24-year-old Neymar they just bought for a world record fee in favour of 30-year-old Cavani even though he was their top scorer last season.
Thus a swap deal between Cavani and Sanchez seems a possibility and a logical solution to Arsenal’s problem.
Cavani no doubt will be an upgrade to all Arsenal current strikers, including Lacazette, while Arsenal can easily match Cavani’s weekly £115k weekly wage that runs until 2020, even if he demands more as an incentive to come, at least Chamberlain was offered £180k to stay. PSG, on the other hand, is capable of paying Sanchez enough wage to attract him.
In any case, a swap deal between Arsenal and PSG involving Sanchez and Cavani will resolve many problems being faced by both clubs.
Arsenal will get rid of a sulking player who wants away, they avoid selling him to direct competitors in Man U and City and gain a genuine world class striker in the process.
PSG resolve their own problem and make their world record player happy and gain a world class striker in the process.