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Everton line up Inter star Alexis Sanchez

It is being reported that Everton are lining up a January move for Inter Milan and former Arsenal and Manchester United star, Alexis Sanchez, who is now free to leave the Serie A side.

Following his move to the Red Devils from north London, the Chilean struggled to make an impact after a fixture-laden previous three years for both his club and country.

Everton line up Inter star Alexis Sanchez

It was a run however, that saw him experience the most prolific period of his career, with the player registering 80 goals and 45 assists in 166 appearances for Arsenal.

A sensible move for the Toffees?

This is perhaps a move that has shades of James Rodriguez (who the club are trying to offload), about it. However, Rafa Benitez’ judgement in the summer transfer window proved to be effective, with players such as Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray both excelling so far this season.

Perhaps Benitez feels that the player, who is still only 32 has something to offer the club and with the Chilean able to operate from either flank and in a central role, this versatility could prove valuable to the manager.

Rediscovering the type of form that he was in while at the Gunners will be the player’s main priority, after disappointing while in Italy. In 75 games across all competitions, he managed just 11 goals and 19 assists, however, he was part of the side that won the Serie A last term.

 

A regular starter or squad player?

This all depends on whether the club is able to keep hold of prized attacking assets, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who have both been linked with moves away from the club recently.

Even if one or both players do leave, it will likely be for substantial fees and as a result, the club would reinvest to replace them. Keeping hold of both players and then adding Sanchez could prove to be a superb squad addition, who has major experience at the highest level, as well as the required quality to assist the Toffees in a bid to secure European football.

It could also be a lift to the youngsters that Everton have coming through the academy and Benitez may just see him as someone who can set the right example, especially in regards to the player’s professionalism and work rate.