Manchester City’s summer of no-nonsense, swift transfer dealings looks set to continue with a report in The Guardian on Wednesday indicating that the likelihood of Sanchez lining out at The Etihad regularly is higher now than ever before.
Whilst Arsenal have seemingly been keen to make sure that their leading scorer would go overseas if they were forced to sell him, the Chilean is said to have his heart set on playing for Pep Guardiola.
Though Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are still said to be interested, one would imagine that Arsene Wenger’s hands may be tied on this one. With Sanchez’ contract up next summer, he may be forced to give into his player’s demands and cash out to Man City instead of risking losing him on a free transfer down the line.
If the move does come to fruition, it will continue what has already been an impressive summer of dealings for Man City. It’s hard to look past them as 2017/18 Premier League champions having already secured the signature of Bernardo Silva and with Dani Alves’ arrival expected to be confirmed soon with talks at an advanced stage.
The Guardian quote a potential fee ‘in the region of £50m’ for Sanchez. Ridiculous as it may sound, that’s a a cut-price deal if it materialises in a market where Jordan Pickford is worth £25 million and Mohammed Salah is going for £35 million, despite being sold on from Chelsea for approximately £12 million just two years ago. One would imagine that a proven Premier League star like Sanchez would be worth closer to £60-70 million in such an inflated market.
In all likelihood, though, it probably won’t matter too much to City as they look to be forming a terrifying attacking group with a potential trio of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez gunning for goal while being supplied by the likes of David and Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sané amongst others.
With such a squad to bolster, the heat will be on Guardiola with nothing less than a league win being acceptable after an underwhelming debut season in England.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena
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