Manchester United should consider the prospect of doing an interesting trade deal with Real Madrid involving Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale, says Ray Parlour.
In what is now his sixth campaign at Real, Bale’s future continues to linger in doubt amid further struggles for form and fitness once more.
The Welsh winger has even found himself overlooked in favour of 18-year-old Vinicius Junior and the return of Zinedine Zidane as manager on Monday has done little to bolster his prospects.
Meanwhile, Sanchez has fared little better at United upon arriving at Old Trafford last year from rivals Arsenal.
The Chilean forward has struggled to replicate the impressive displays he regularly produced at the Emirates Stadium with just five goals in 41 appearances for United.
The Red Devils have been regularly linked to Bale and, therefore, former Arsenal midfielder Parlour thinks a swap deal involving the 29-year-old and Sanchez could be a good option.
“He [Sanchez] was brilliant at Arsenal. I do like him. He was one of those players who you would pay to watch,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“Sanchez was in such great form at Arsenal. I know a lot of Manchester United fans and I said to them, ‘You got an absolute bargain there – £20 million for a player of his calibre – he’s going to make your team much better’.
“But it just hasn’t happened for him. I’d go to Real Madrid and I’d swap him for Gareth Bale. They’ll be on the same sort of wages.”
Sanchez last played in La Liga for Barcelona, where he managed 47 goals and 35 assists in 141 appearances across all competitions in a three-year spell.
The 30-year-old won La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España (twice), UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup at Camp Nou before sealing a £31.7m transfer to Arsenal in the summer of 2014.