Alexis Sanchez has emerged as a shock transfer candidate for European Champions Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. Per Don Balon, the defending Spanish champions are keen on signing a winger, with Sanchez shortlisted as one of the top transfer candidates for Florentino Perez.

Don Balon also claim that the Chilean isn’t the only one, in the transfer shortlist. Timo Werner of RB Leipzig, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern are also potential candidates for Los Merengues. The Arsenal winger was close to joining rivals Manchester City this summer but the transfer broke down at the end. The Gunners will look to get rid of the want-away Chilean International as soon as possible, in order to avoid the scenario of him leaving next summer for free.

The transfer attention doesn’t come as a surprise for Madrid fans, especially after a rather eventless summer transfer window. With Karim Benzema’s injury problems coupled with a lack of a world class winger, apart from Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid definitely need some offensive reinforcements this season, as they hope to successfully defend their Champions League crown for the second time in a row.

It’ll be an exciting move for Alexis Sanchez, whose exposure in the Laliga keeps him ahead of the other candidates for Real Madrid. The 28-year-old played for FC Barcelona for three years, until he was shown the exit door by the club, in the summer of 2014, eventually joining the Premier League. He will seek a desperate revenge, by joining their fierce rivals Real Madrid.

As for the Spanish giants, Alexis Sanchez will, no doubt, strengthen their attacking prowess. His work rate in the final third, is perfectly suited for Zidane’s playing system, while his pace and power can easily make him a threat on the counter, much like Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo. Alexis Sanchez is more or less a reminiscent of Gareth Bale, in many aspects of his game. Strong, direct and pacy, Sanchez can cause trouble for any defender on any given day. Head coach Zinedine Zidane will be delighted the learn that he also has a knack of scoring goals from outside the box.

The only question remains, is whether or not will the Chilean manage to carve out first team minutes at the Bernabeu. With everyone fit, it’ll be a dilemma for Zidane to pick three from the four of Benzema, Bale, Ronaldo, and Sanchez. He might be the one to break the famous ‘BBC’ trio and for good reasons as well. Ronaldo might shift into a more central role while Sanchez and Bale can conjure chances from the wings.

Real Madrid, however, will face stiff competition from Manchester City, who, despite failing the sign the Premier League superstar in the summer, are still keen on bringing Sanchez to the city of Manchester. But Arsenal might help the European champs, as the Gunners would rather see their star player leaving to Real Madrid than to move to their direct league rivals.

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