South-American striker snubbed Liverpool to sign Arsenal deal – Ian Ayre confirms
Arsenal were dubbed as a selling club when they allowed players like Sami Nasri, Robin Van Persie, Cech Fabregas and their likes left the Emirates. Nonetheless, the summer of 2013 and 2014 became different as Arsene Wenger defied all odds, became more pragmatic and signed on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for colossal sums.
Arsenal have most times lost their targets in the transfer market to clubs that spend big but a report according to Liverpooloffside indicated that Alexis Sanchez would have joined Liverpool but for his preference of staying in London.
Sanchez joined Barcelona from Udinese but the South American was left as a fringe player as he started most games from the bench. Sanchez became top transfer choice for Liverpool when they lost Luis Saurez to Barcelona in the transfer window, the Reds wanted Sanchez to be a part of the deal but the player declined as he preferred Arsenal.
The Outgoing manager director of Liverpool Ian Ayre spoke at John Moores University and told his listeners that the Reds were keenly interested but the deal failed because of location.
“The only reason it didn’t go through was the player and his wife wanted to live in London and we couldn’t move the club to London unfortunately.”
Since joining Arsenal in 2014, Sanchez has been the most potent Arsenal attacker. He has won the FA with the Gunners and is in the running for another FA Cup trophy this season.
Liverpool have remain a tad not potent in the attack. Since the departure of Luis Saurez, they have found it tough to sign a quality striker. Roberto Firmino has been doing the job for the Reds but he is nowhere at his peak yet.