27 Apr 2017

Confirmed: Liverpool agreed a 'deal' to sign 'world-class' €76m superstar; transfer was 'done'

Ex-Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has confirmed that Liverpool came excruciatingly close to signing one of the Europe's 'world-class' attacking players during the summer of 2014.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez rejected a move to Anfield during Brendan Rodgers' reign, and when asked this week about the deal, Ayre admitted:

"The deal [for Sanchez] was done. The only reason it wasn't was that the player and his wife wanted to live in London".

This fits with Rodgers' explanation for why the transfer failed:

“Geography dictated the move. He [Sanchez] and his family wanted to live where they did”.

Sanchez, however, offered a different take:

"I came here to win the league, and the Champions League. That is why I moved here"

Well, since signing for Arsenal, Sanchez has won neither the league nor the Champions League, and I doubt it'd be any different if he'd chosen to sign for Liverpool.

However, if Sanchez had signed, it's possible Rodgers might still be at Liverpool. Suarez is a prime example of the talismanic impact one player can have on a club, and the Chilean might've had a similar galvanising effect.

On a related note: Last month, ex-Red Stan Collymore told The Mirror:

"Liverpool [should] go and put in a bid for Alexis Sanchez. I could see...Jurgen Klopp making him his top man".

With Jurgen Klopp now at the helm, it's possible that Liverpool might now be a more attractive destination, but in light of his ambitions to 'win the league and the Champions League', I suspect that Sanchez will see the Reds as a sideways move.

Personally, I'd love to see Sanchez sign for Liverpool; the club needs some South American steel, energy, and never say die attitude, and like Luis Suarez, Sanches is the perfect embodiment of that precious footballing ideal.

Man City and Chelsea are current favourites to sign Sanchez, with Liverpool coming in at a distant 33-1.

* Sanchez: €76m-rated (CIES Football Observatory)


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