Juventus target Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez in madcap swap deal involving Miralem...

Juventus target Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez in madcap swap deal involving Miralem Pjanić

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Italian champions Juventus have been the biggest newsmakers in football in the past two days. It all started with the unveiling of their new, minimalist club crest that the club claim will take them into the future and now, they are looking to make that future as glorious as possible by bringing in Arsenal’s talismanic forward Alexis Sánchez.

Italian publication Tuttosport reported that the Old Lady are keen to add Sánchez to their attack, making it a Barcelona-esque all South American trident of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuaín, and the Chilean. Expect betting on the transfer to intensify in the coming days, and this free bet offer from Betway could come in handy.

The paper also details that Juve will consider sending midfielder Miralem Pjanić the other way in a bid to encourage Arsenal to sell their star attacker. Arsenal have been fans of Pjanić for a while now, but it remains to be seen whether their craving for the Bosnian is greater than their desire to keep Sánchez.

Sánchez has cut a frustrated figure at Arsenal in recent weeks, not least last weekend when he showed his angst at being substituted. He is Arsenal’s top scorer this season, and it is his goals that have kept the Gunners in the race for the title.

At 28, Sánchez is into the peak years of his career and the way things are headed to at Arsenal, it doesn’t seem like he’ll cap off his prime years with a silverware glut. There have been noises of interest from other clubs regarding Sánchez, but Juve’s reported move is perhaps the noisiest of the lot.

The Chilean has only 18 months left on his current contract at Arsenal, and talks concerning a new deal have apparently stalled. While money shouldn’t be an issue for a club of Arsenal’s size and stature, it is the lack of competitive edge at the club that could see Sánchez seek pastures new in the near future, or January even.

Under Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus have emerged as one of Europe’s foremost clubs along with the big Spanish clubs and Bayern Munich. They are one of the favourites for the Champions League this season, and Betway has Juve at 1.11 favourites to win their sixth straight Serie A title.

Sánchez was a Juventus target when he played for Udinese before joining Barcelona in 2011, hence it is safe to assume the Old Lady have been long-time admirers of the 28-year-old.

Juve, who signed Pjanić from AS Roma last summer, are not keen to send the playmaker the other way, but if such a scenario occurs that requires them to make a swap deal then in Sánchez, they’ll probably have the better part of that deal.