Manchester City are set to add to their heavy repertoire as they prepare a £50 million bid for Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez.
As reported by The Sun, Pep Guardiola and his City bosses are preparing a staggering £50 million bid for Arsenal’s talisman, who is in the final year of his contract with the Gunners.
Sanchez has become one of the continent’s hottest properties this summer after scoring 31 goals in 56 appearances for club and country last season. The list of wealthy clubs interested in snagging the center-forward is led by Manchester City.
The Citizens are set to lodge a £50 million bid in a deal will see Sanchez earn a whopping £325,000 a week, thus becoming the highest paid player in the country, leapfrogging the £280,000-a-week wages of Paul Pogba.
PSG are also reported to be in the hunt to snap up Sanchez’s signature, but it is believed that Sanchez’s advisors have told Guardiola that a move to the Etihad is his first choice.
Should the transfer come through before the window slams shut next Thursday, City will have spent almost £250 million this summer. Guardiola believes Sanchez, with his pace, work rate and clinical finishing, will certainly add another dimension to his team’s game.
The trio of Alexis Sanchez, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus could be the most potent attacking force of Europe, and Guardiola knows he will have a real shout this season for the one trophy that City crave – The Champions League.
For Sanchez too, the Champions League could be a major reason why he wants to switch, since Arsenal failed to finish in the top four last season. The former Barcelona man has not been a part of Arsenal’s first two Premier League games this season owing to an abdominal injury.
While the likes of Manchester City and PSG are waiting in the wings, the Gunners are trying to talk Sanchez into signing a new £300,000-a-week deal. But Manchester City are offering him much more than that, including £75,000 of image rights, a choice of exclusive rented accommodation in the city which will be paid for by the club.
Arsene Wenger has been adamant he wants Sanchez to stay, but as the deep pockets of Manchester City come calling, it remains to be seen if the Gunners can keep hold of the Chilean.