According to several reports, Manchester United is getting closer and closer to completing a deal for Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.
Of course, United fans are justly captivated by the chance to see Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the same side. The versatility of the Chilean allows him to occupy a position in the front and in any wing. In addition, Sanchez has proven to be equally adept at role number ten, a position for which José Mourinho's options are limited at best.
However, the circumstances of the possible transfer of Sanchez by United have a strange resemblance to those of the signing of the club Robin van Persie in 2012. At that time, Van Persie, like Sanchez, was already 29 years old.
And in turn, it was no surprise that the Dutchman began a sharp decline immediately after United's winning title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
In many ways, Ferguson's move for Van Persie broke his tradition of forming squads for a prolonged permanence of domination, rather than a temporary, fleeting one. For example, United signed both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo when both were just 18 years old.
Making such astute moves for young mercurial talents paid off in swords as Rooney went on to become the club's leading scorer, while Ronaldo scored 84 goals in just six seasons with the Old Trafford club.
Now, it seems United are again building short-term rather than long-term. Undoubtedly, Sanchez will add an impetus to attack the front line of United, which has an immense technical capacity and an electric rhythm.
But it must be said that Sanchez is nearing the end of his successful career. His style of action game is not one that can be consistently repeated when he approaches thirty.
In addition to Sánchez's less optimal age, the arrival of the Arsenal player will likely delay the development of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. With Lukaku being Mourinho's first choice up front, Sanchez could end up having one of the Rashford or Martial positions in the field for at least next year, inhibiting the growth of the young attackers in the process.
As a result, there is a significant danger that United will become too responsible for Sanchez's services, leaving Mourinho's side ill-prepared to maintain a high level of play once Sanchez inevitably begins its decline.
Yes Mourinho and company. they manage to complete a deal for Sanchez, the Red Devils are likely to be viable candidates for the title next season. However, there is a notable risk that United's brief success period may be followed by a much longer spell of mediocrity.