Tottenham are chasing a January move for Barcelona’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez. According to reports in Spain, Spurs have already contacted the Catalan side regarding the availability of their 23-year-old front-man.
Sanchez has seemingly fallen out of favour with Barca’s new coach Tito Vilanova, with North London favourite to be his next destination.
The South American, who can also play as a winger would be a versatile addition to Andre Villas-Boas’ squad. However with the impressive duo of Bale and Lennon deployed on Spurs’ wings, AVB will be determined to ensure that Sanchez will not turn out to be a bit-part-player like Giovanni Dos Santos, another Barcelona old boy, who up until recently was languishing in Spurs’ reserves.
A move to Spurs may mean that Sanchez is used in a new role, sitting behind the central striker, whether that be Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor. In many ways the addition of Sanchez could help to redevelop the shape of the Spurs first team in the wake of Luka Modric’s departure.
Whilst Spurs have been strongly linked with Joao Moutinho and Miralem Pranjic, two players in a similar mold to the Croatian, the opportunity to reinvigorate their attacking shape could be a shrewd move for AVB, not only to define his project, but to also avoid any opportunity for criticism over a direct replacement for Modric.