Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a £20 million January deal to procure Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal after failing to secure a deadline day move in the summer.
According to a report by The Sun, Manchester City are considering a £20 million offer to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January. The cash-rich club saw a £60 million move for Sanchez fall through on deadline day. However, Pep Guardiola remains confident of completing the winter deal and link up with the player again.
Sanchez has been instrumental to Arsenal’s fortunes ever since he joined them from Barcelona back in the summer of 2014. He has only gone from strength-to-strength playing for the Gunners and was particularly impressive last season wherein he established himself as one of the best players not just in the Premier League, but all of Europe.
In fact, the 2016/17 season turned out to be the best one of his senior career so far as Sanchez recorded 30 goals and 19 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal. Despite that, the Gunners endured a humiliating season and settled for a fifth-place finish in the Premier League to lose out on a Champions League spot.
The North Londoners did enjoy a late FA Cup triumph by beating Premier League champions Chelsea but that seems to have not done enough to persuade him to stay, with the Chilean in search of Champions League football. Additionally, the Gunners’ performances in the new season have been anything but encouraging so far.
With Sanchez looking for a way out, he received several offers from clubs like PSG and Bayern Munich, but the player is understood to be keen on joining Manchester City. If Sanchez joins City in January, Guardiola will have a plethora of options in attack which now also includes summer signing Bernardo Silva.
Sanchez’s arrival will only add to an already strong attacking unit which includes the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero in addition to the Portuguese. While a move to City can guarantee Champions League football, Sanchez will have to fight tooth and nail to get regular starts.
However, with such riches of attacking talents at his disposal, Guardiola could have the means to tackle just about any side in Europe, paving the way for some unprecedented.
Meanwhile, it does not come as a surprise that Sanchez is so keen on exiting Arsenal since he has won only one Champions League title so far in his career. He will turn 29 soon and is likely to want his next move to be to a club that is capable of winning more trophies.