It doesn’t take a professor’s brain to figure out that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Arsenal this summer.
With 15 months left on the Chilean’s contract, the Gunners will surely be forced to sell Sanchez after balking at £250,000 per week wage demands.
Arsene Wenger’s unfathomable decision to leave his best player off the teamsheet for the 3-1 loss away to Liverpool has been read as the club running out of patience with the 28-year-old.
There will be plenty of takers, with Juventus said to have been hot on Sanchez’s trail ever since his stint at Serie A brethren Udinese between 2008-2011.
Whispers coming out of the Emirates suggest the Gunners will refuse to sell to a Premier League rival, although Sanchez’s contract situation means they may end up having no choice.
Chelsea have been cited as a possible destination in recent weeks, with the champions-elect at risk of losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer.
However, the acrimony moving across London could cause – with arguments rumoured in the Arsenal camp already – may make such a switch less appealing.
If he fancies braving the weather, there are three big-paying clubs up north who are unlikely to say no.
All the talk is that Manchester United will shell out another world-record fee during the next transfer window, this time for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, but if Sanchez is available for around £30m, it would be remiss of Jose Mourinho not to get involved.
Neighbours Manchester City have long been linked with the man signed by Pep Guardiola for Los Blaugrana, and would have no problem covering his wages.
Liverpool might struggle to meet that number, but Jurgen Klopp’s side need a big fish and will have to push the boat out this summer if they book a Champions League spot.
Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested, with Unai Emery’s outfit suddenly a more intriguing prospect after tonking Barca 4-0 a couple of weeks ago.