Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Joey Barton is convinced Liverpool won't be able to sign Alexis Sanchez

Wenger'No Sanchez contact from Man City SilverHub
Elias Hubbard | 09 January, 2018, 02:13

Considering Man City are still in the running for four trophies this season, could Pep Guardiola move for the Arsenal star?

City's £60 million bid for Sanchez in August collapsed after Arsenal failed in a deadline day attempt to sign Monaco's Thomas Lemar as a replacement.

Instead they are keen to secure a deal for Alexis rather than wait to sign him for free in the summer.

Reports in Chile suggest this decision was at the behest of City but it is believed Wenger had planned to leave out Sanchez in any case as part of wholesale changes to give several players a breather following the busy Christmas period.

The Chile worldwide nearly joined City last summer and looks set to run his contract - which is up at the end of the season - down at the Emirates Stadium. Paris Saint-Germain are said to retain an interest.

West Ham and Crystal Palace among the club's interested in the Frenchman.

The Gunners will demand £40 million if City try and steal away their prized asset and while City believe Sanchez would join them in the summer and would prefer to pay less, they proved last August they aren't afraid to pay big to get their man early.

For Arsenal, the position is unenviable. In order to maintain their hold on the title however, a big statement in January could well be needed, and if more injuries strike Guardiola will need a deep squad.

Sanchez may have scored 24 goals in the Premier League last season but it seems that his market fee is lower than many expect.

The injury to Gabriel Jesus is thought to have had an impact.

It comes as a major boost to City, as it means he will not be cup-tied for the later rounds. It is possible that a compromise could be reached.

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