By Mark Weasley
Few Arsenal fans would forget the impact Robin Van Persie had at Manchester United after making the switch from London to Manchester. His 26 goals in the 2012/13 season ensured that United won our 20th league title, which is the last we’ve seen at The Theatre of Dreams so far, and former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson believes that wantaway striker, Alexis Sanchez could have the same impact should manager, Jose Mourinho decide to make a move for the 28-year-old Chilean.
The former Barcelona man has not hidden his intention to leave the Emirates stadium, but with Arsenal not willing to do to business with frontrunners, Manchester City and PSG, Merson believes that United should make a move for the world-class forward.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Merson said:
“Manchester United should make a bid of more than £50m for Alexis Sanchez because he could bring them the title,” he told the Daily Star.
“I wouldn’t get too carried away by the way they steamrolled West Ham last Sunday because they are still a player short for me.
For the first 25 minutes or so of that game they never looked like scoring.” he added.
United have been linked to Ivan Perisic all summer, but Inter Milan are refusing to budge on their valuation of their star player, and United seem to have cooled the interest.
All summer, Mourinho has been linked to either a marquee player or a direct winger that will offer goals and creativity in equal measure and Sanchez fits the bill perfectly. The signings of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have galvanized the squad, with United winning our second straight match 4-0 with a victory over Swansea on Saturday, Sanchez will help United compete for the Champions League title.
Sanchez played a key role for Arsenal last season after being moved to a central role under Wenger last season. He is a classy forward capable of playing anywhere across the frontline. He scored 30 times and created 19 more for Arsenal last season, who finished 5th on the Premier League table, with Sanchez refusing to extend his contract which expires next summer.