The mistake that cost Liverpool the chance to beat Arsenal to Alexis Sanchez transfer coup

first_img Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It all started with [former chief scout] Steve Rowley at the Toulon tournament,’ Law told Goal.‘Sebastian Rozental, who works for the agency Twenty Two which is owned by Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich in Chile, walked over and said to Steve: ‘Sanchez is going to leave Barcelona’.‘All of us being natural sceptics, we thought there was no chance when Steve called us. So we went back to the agents and they said it was true and that Barcelona had even given them a price.‘So I flew out immediately to Santiago to just get a sense from Fernando about how serious this was. If we were just going to be a stalking horse for Juventus or Liverpool who knew that they were losing [Luis] Suarez, then we didn’t want to play that game. Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles 1/1 PLAY Advertisement Skip Ad Alexis Sanchez starred for Chile at the 2014 World Cup before his transfer to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Off the back of that meeting I made the judgement that there was half a chance, but the closer on the deal was Arsene [Wenger] – he won that one for us.‘Arsene met with Fernando in Rio at the World Cup two or three times over the next 10 days talking about his philosophy, about where Sanchez could play, that sort of thing. Off the back of those conversations, Sanchez really took a liking to the notion of coming to London.‘Liverpool were throwing a tonne of money at him, but my understanding was that there was no real personal contact. My conclusion was that Sanchez felt like a makeweight in the Liverpool – Barcelona transfer negotiations for Suarez.‘It was more of a money deal than anything else and I think when you deal with South Americans, you have to throw a human element in there.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Coming Next Read More Read More Advertisement Skip Arsene Wenger has been sunning himself in Brazil (Picture: Twitter)Arsene Wenger’s personal touch was the key reason behind Alexis Sanchez’s decision to sign for Arsenal and snub Liverpool in the summer of 2014, according to the north London club’s former transfer negotiator Dick Law.Sanchez starred during Chile’s World Cup 2014 campaign which ended in unfortunate circumstances following a penalty shootout defeat against hosts Brazil in the second round.Despite enhancing his reputation, Sanchez was deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou with Barcelona intent on signing Luis Saurez to form part of a deadly attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar.Liverpool were prepared to offer Sanchez a lucrative deal in order to tempt him into a move to Anfield, but it was the input of Wenger, who was working as a television pundit during the tournament, that ultimately swayed the winger’s decision.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Read More The mistake that cost Liverpool the chance to beat Arsenal to Alexis Sanchez transfer coup Full Screen / Read More SPONSORED Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 9 Jul 2019 1:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link425Shares About Connatix V67539 Comment 1 min. story by Metro Video Settingslast_img read more

Star Sports’ Select Dugout back for T20I series

first_imgMumbai: Kevin Pietersen, Brian Lara, Dean Jones and Scott Styris will be joined by Anil Kumble, V.V.S Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel on Star Sports’ Select Dugout show for the three-match T20I series between India and West Indies starting Friday. Riding on the response received from previous editions and having recently concluded the India-Bangladesh T20I series, the Dugout experts return to provide fans with deeper engagement and detailed analytical and predictive commentary. IANSAlso Read: ‘Highly Competitive’ Defines Season Seven of Pro Kabaddi LeagueAlso Watch: All Tai Ahom Students’ Union staged protest against CAB in Tinsukialast_img read more