According to a report from Italian website FC Inter News, West Ham have made contact with the agent of Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez.
The 31-year-old joined United from Arsenal in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January 2018.
Click HERE to read also: Déjà vu for West Ham as Tottenham reportedly eye move for 28-year-old?
But the 132-capped Chile international’s time at Old Trafford has been extremely disappointing.
Sanchez was farmed out to Inter Milan on loan in the summer of 2019. But he is expected to return to Manchester United at the end of the season.
And FC Inter News claims that West Ham are keen to bring the former Arsenal man to the London Stadium. They suggest that the Hammers have already contacted the Chilean’s agent.
Sanchez made a name for himself at Udinese before securing a big money move to Barcelona in 2011.
The South American racked up 47 goals and 35 assists in 141 games for the Catalan giants (Transfermarkt), before being sold to Arsenal in 2014.
And Sanchez quickly made the Emirates his home.
The 132-capped Chile international racked up an impressive 80 goals and 45 assists in 166 games for the Gunners (Transfermarkt).
The 31-year-old has clearly lost his way since joining Manchester United.
But that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t be a good signing for West Ham.
Pep Guardiola, who signed him for Barcelona, is clearly a very big fan. The Man City manager described him as a class player and a winner (Daily Mail). The former Barca boss also described the Chile international as an incredible player, someone he has special affection for (The Sun).
Sanchez has scored 205 career goals for club and country (Transfermarkt). Despite his advancing years, he might just be able to provide the Hammers with that little bit of magic and unpredictability that they so desperately lack in the final third.
There’s nothing that West Ham fans love more than a talented maverick either. You need look no further than Paolo Di Canio and Dimitri Payet.
Highly unlikely nonetheless
Sanchez would undoubtedly demand huge wages. And it is debatable whether he would fit into the Hammers’ wage structure.
It is also unclear as to how much Manchester United would demand for the Chilean. He is still under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022 after all.
Who knows whether the former Arsenal man would even be interested in joining West Ham?
Only time will tell. But as things stand, it is an incredibly unlikely transfer.