One of the biggest ‘what ifs’ over the course of the last few years in the world of football has been Alexis Sanchez’s spell with Manchester United. The expectation was that he would be able to do some really great things with the Red Devils after making the move over from Arsenal, but in the end, he wasn’t able to replicate the kind of form that put him on the map with Barcelona and the Gunners in the first place.
As reported by AS and ESPN, though, the story coming out of his most recent interviews following his move to Inter Milan has nothing to do with either club involved in the deal – because instead, it focuses in on Major League Soccer.
The Chilean was questioned about the possibility of a switch over to North America in the future, and while he did confirm that he turned down the chance to play for Inter Miami (the irony), he certainly didn’t shut the door completely.
“I always have offers” said Sanchez.
“They had told me about Miami, but I have got six or five years left at a good level in Europe. Although one day I could play in the United States.
“I’d like it a lot to play in [MLS], it is a league that is growing and is very good.”
You could certainly try and make the argument that he’s just saying that because he was in the United States for a friendly with Chile, but this is a possible move that we could certainly see being in his future.
A big part of that depends on whether or not he does well for Inter Milan because right now, he’s a bit of an enigma. If he can return to the kind of form we were used to seeing from him back at the Emirates, then the sky is quite literally the limit for him.
Alas, if he doesn’t, then perhaps he will contemplate a change of pace that sees him making the transition over into the big bad world of Major League Soccer.
Still a superstar?
Either way, we’re intrigued. Sanchez knows that his career is at a crossroads and he’ll almost certainly be aware of the fact that if things don’t go well in Milan, his time as a player at top level in Europe could come to an end.
With that being said, we don’t exactly feel like he believes there is any pressure there. All you need to do is take a look at some of the shots of him in training with his new teammates. He legitimately looks happier than he has done in a long time, and if only for his mental state of mind, that’s great to see.
We do hope he thrives and succeeds in Serie A, and subsequently, we would love to see what kind of a run he could have in the MLS before he starts to think about hanging up his boots and walking away from the game.