Atletico Madrid want to sign Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - report
Atletico Madrid are targeting Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez as they aim to bolster their squad, according to a report.
Chilean forward Sanchez, who is reportedly unhappy at the Gunners and seeking a move away, is also linked with a move to Los Rojiblancos having previously enjoyed a three-year stint with Barcelona.
Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates after scoring to make it 0-1 with Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on May 10, 2017 in Southampton, England.Getty Images
Although the history of English players in foreign climes is, on the whole, terrible, this story could well be close to the mark. Vardy turned down a move to Arsenal after Leicester's title triumph and, with the Foxes having no chance of repeating that success, the striker could be tempted to cash in for the final years of his career. He would fit Diego Simeone's tactical style, and give them more of an edge on the break than the fading Torres.
Diego Simeone manager of Atletico Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de MadridGetty Images
As for Sanchez – another player that would fit El Cholo's mould with his incredible workrate and ability to carve a goal out of nothing – he is unlikely to hang about in London if Arsenal fail to reach the top four, and a return to Spain would be the most likely option. A link up with Antoine Griezmann would make Atelti incredibly dangerous and could put them in the running for the Liga and Champions League titles again next year.
As ever with these stories though, it is all subject to change. Simeone could yet be tempted away from Madrid, while Sanchez and Vardy will also have other suitors this summer. Much could also hinge on what Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Atleti kingpin Griezmann decide to do.