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No, Alexis Sánchez did not submit transfer request, but Chelsea should bid anyway

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The Diego Costa wave?
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Amid news that Chelsea are making progress on at least two fronts and agreeing fees for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and for Danny Drinkwater while possibly also finally getting something moving in the Diego Costa situation, there is plenty of room and money for more.

We might recall from earlier this spring all the talk regarding Alexis Sánchez’s apparent wish to not only leave Arsenal but to join Chelsea. As it often happens with talk like that, it died down without much of anything to show for it. Similar talks regarding Manchester City and Bayern Munich also petered out. But after Arsenal’s shambolic performance in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool following up the previous weekend’s 1-0 loss to Stoke, any good vibes that may have existed in that club are well and truly gone already — and we’re only three games into The Gift Who Keeps On Giving’s latest two-year contract extension.

Sánchez struck a dejected figure over the weekend, perhaps even more so than back in the spring, as his warrior heart was squeezed to nothingness by Arsenal’s form-fitting blue(!?) shirts, and he seems no closer to signing a contract extension than he was back then. With less than 12 months left on his contract, Arsenal are facing the serious possibility of missing out on upwards of £60m pounds by holding on to his disgruntled self for the upcoming season.

So when rumors of an Alexis transfer request popped up on Twitter on Monday, not many were surprised. When those rumors turned out to be fake news, not many were surprised either. We live in the era of fake news after all, or as we call them in football, transfer rumors.

As ever with Arsenal, there was plenty of room for jokes.

But if Chelsea were ever serious about potentially exploring a bid for Alexis Sánchez, there is literally no time like the present to do so. The man’s clearly not happy and he hasn’t been for a while. A cheeky bid ain’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings, except maybe Wenger’s.


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