Sanchez is reportedly being lined up to replace Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan fell out with record signing Neymar earlier in the season. Alves himself only joined the French club in the summer, on a free transfer from Juventus, but speaking after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Sanchez’s Chile on Tuesday, Alves was quoted by ESPN as saying:
“He is wanted by many teams. It would be good if he came with us. I will always appreciate him. I want what is best for him wherever he goes.”
Alves was Sanchez’s team mate at Barcelona for three years between 2011 and 2014 before the Chilean international made the switch to the Gunners. The Arsenal forward’s contract expires in the summer, and the player was close to signing for Manchester City in August before the Gunners pulled the plug on the £60m deal after they failed to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
At his pre-match press conference yesterday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that Sanchez could still leave in January, admitting “every kind of solution” is possible when a player has six months to run on their contract.