According to multiple reports from this week, Manchester City are now favourites to sign Alexis Sanchez from the Arsenal.
The Chilean star, who has only one year left on his current deal, was also a target for Bayern Munich; however, the German champions have cooled down their interest due to the financial demands of the deal, and odds on bigfreebet.com suggest a different destination.
Sanchez reportedly wants £330,000-a-week wages, and only Arsenal and City seem to be able to offer him the same.
Thus, at the moment, City are the only club that can satisfy Sanchez’s financial demands and his ambition for Champions League football. The Arsenal forward also knows City manager Pep Guardiola from his days at Barcelona and is said to be keen to re-join him at City.
The Chilean was predominantly used in the centre forward position by his current manager Arsene Wenger and ended the season with 30 goals. Even Guardiola admitted last season that he might have had made a mistake by playing Sanchez in a wide position at Barcelona.
Before the league clash with Arsenal at Etihad Stadium last season, the Spanish manager said: “He played really good in Barcelona but normally when you play with [Lionel] Messi all the players beside him are not at his level.
“I think the position Arsenal are using him as a striker, in front, it is perfect for him. In Barcelona maybe I didn’t help him too much because he played wide. He can do that but he is better between the lines, closer to the goal.”
These comments suggest that Guardiola sees Sanchez primarily as a striker, but also as someone who can also play in wide options. The 28-year-old pretty much played the same role with the Gunners last season, and it turned out to be his most productive season with the North London club.
The City fans can expect Sanchez to compete with fellow South Americans Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus for the striker role. The likes of Nolito, Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho are expected to depart from the club this summer.
City have a plethora of wide players, and Sanchez’s arrival could also mean time for some of them. Jesus Navas is certain to leave and that will leave Guardiola with Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane as his wide options.
However, acquiring Sanchez won’t be that easy for the Citizens this summer as the Gunners are adamant on not selling their star player to a direct rival. By selling Sanchez, the North London club risk angering their already disgruntled fans, and the current feeling is that they would prefer him to leave for free next summer. Taking such a move would mean a loss of around £55m for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger, are you reading?