3 reasons why Chelsea might NOT consider signing Alexis Sanchez
While the Chelsea fans would love to see Alexis Sanchez wear the Blue jersey and play alongside Hazard, chances of that happening are very slim.
Antonio Conte has expressed his admiration for the Chilean and has even said that he would be a "good investment" for the club. There is absolutely no doubt that Sanchez is a top-class player and he would be an asset to any club he joins.
Many have been hurling abuses at the Chelsea board for not making a move for the player but his transfer would not make sense for the club.
Let's take a look at the reasons:
#3 He is NOT a bargain
First things first. Chelsea fans need to understand that Alexis Sanchez is not a bargain buy. I agree that getting a player of his calibre for as less as £25-30m is a steal in this market. Any Premier League club would jump at the chance to sign the player, but that is not the case.
The fee is not a problem. The main problem is his wage demand. Sanchez is asking for a £350,000-400,000-a-week deal. Now that is huge. It would make him the highest paid player in the Premier League.
Now, Chelsea have not paid that much to any player in their history. Eden Hazard earns £200,000-a-week. The Belgian is yet to sign a new contract with the Blues and it is not going to help them to get Hazard to pen a new deal with Sanchez getting that huge an amount. The 27-year-old would also demand the similar wages for a contract extension.
Let's not forget that Sanchez's agent is also asking for a significant fee. It is believed that the agent is asking for £5-10m to close the deal. Given the fact that Chelsea were not willing to pay Mino Raiola his commission for Lukaku, it is highly unlikely that they will make an exception this time.
Just to compare: If Manchester United do sign Sanchez, they would be paying an astonishing £58m/year in wages for just 4 players, whereas Chelsea pay £28m/year for the top 4 earners!