Arsenal star ready to take pay cut if he gets to join Real Madrid

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Arsenal talisman, Alexis Sanchez wants a move to Real Madrid in the summer.

According to reports in Spain, Alexis Sanchez wants to move back to La Liga. The Chilean had a stint in Spain with Barcelona but is now looking for a move to Real Madrid. It is no secret that Sanchez’s contract will be up in the summer. He has no intention to extend his contract and thus he will be able to talk to foreign clubs in January regarding a pre-contract.

Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City have been heavily linked with Sanchez but Arsenal refused to deal with their rivals despite them having reportedly offered a sum in the region of £60 million. Sanchez will be a free agent in the summer and wants to move to the Bernabeu to prove his mettle in La Liga once again.

What the report says

This news comes the courtesy of Spanish newspaper outlet Don Balon. According to the report, Sanchez is so motivated that he would be willing to take a pay cut to fulfil his ambition. Now, it must be noted that it was his salary demand that stalled the contract extension talks in the first place.

The report also claims that Zidane might be interested in bringing the 28-year-old to Real. He will provide back up for Bale and Ronaldo and will also be expected to come off the bench to act as an impact substitute. It is also reported that instead of letting him leave for free next summer, Arsenal might cash in on him in January. They will accept a bid in the region of £30 million for the Chilean. Several other clubs including PSG, Juventus and Manchester United have shown interest in Sanchez.

Author’s Take

Arsenal is a club in free fall. It is beyond comprehension why and how they could let Sanchez and Ozil’s contract run out. A player of Sanchez’s calibre will be available for £30 million in January and free in summer. Despite being 28-year-old, Sanchez could have easily fetched Arsenal upwards of £60 million had they managed his contract situation properly.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, need an attacker. Their BBC trident is no more effective. Bale is constantly injured and Benzema and Ronaldo have been misfiring this season. They are woefully short up front. Bringing in Sanchez would provide a stop-gap solution. He will give 2-3 good seasons to the club. The move makes sense but Florentino Perez might want to bring in a bigger star. After making no marquee signing this summer, Perez might act as the biggest obstacle to this transfer.

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