Arsenal plan new Raheem Sterling approach in January as Man City eye Alexis Sanchez – report

The Raheem Sterling/Alexis Sanchez swap story is back courtesy of the journalist who first penned it, John Cross of the Mirror, who is reporting the Gunners will make a new attempt to sign Raheem in the January transfer window.

Arsenal tried to get Raheem as part of a deal for Alexis at the end of the summer transfer window, but Pep Guardiola refused to sanction the sale of 22-year-old Sterling, who is a key part of his plans.

The Gunners might consider allowing Sanchez to leave in January if it means getting Sterling, but despite expected competition from other clubs, City are confident of landing the Chilean before the start of the 2018/19 season and have no real need to let Sterling go in order to get him.

Guardiola recently admitted Arsenal had asked for Sterling in part-exchange for Sanchez and said of the possibility, “no chance, zero chance.”

City went to great pains to land Sterling in a protracted deal from Liverpool in 2015, which led to the Blues paying an initial £44million, with a further potential £5million in add-ons.

Even so, Arsene Wenger is a fan of ‘Raz’ and may try his luck in the winter transfer window, but it seems equally as unlikely in January as it was in August. Sterling has scored in City’s last three Premier League games, finding the net against Everton, Bournemouth and Watford.

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