Real Madrid sensationally rejected the chance to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in the closing days of the transfer window.
Sanchez was the recipient of multiple bids from Manchester City, with their final one arriving on Deadline Day in excess of £55 million, but Arsenal refused to budge.
Yet in a surprising move, reports in Spain have suggested that Sanchez was offered to Madrid, but that Zinedine Zidane rejected the chance to bring him to Spain.
It is understood that Zidane remains keen on Sanchez, but he would prefer to bring him in on as a free agent next year, rather than stump up the £69 million Arsenal demanded.
Zidane, presumably, opted not to sign Sanchez in risk of upsetting the equilibrium at Madrid; the Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo axis would’ve had to been disrupted.
And Zidane has said himself that he would not bring in another Galactico unless one of his existing stars leave.
The possibility of Sanchez arriving as a free agent perhaps means that one of the aforementioned trio has entered their final year: with reports continually linking Gareth Bale with an exit and constant media criticism, it would not be foolish to bet on a Bale exit.
Written by Michael Jones
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