Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez ended in bitter disappointment on deadline day when, after failing to secure Thomas Lemar as the Chilean’s replacement, Arsenal pulled the plug on a deal they had agreed to earlier in the day.
Sanchez was said to be distraught over the collapsed move, but City chiefs reassured him that they would return – possibly as early as January.
Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported yesterday that City do in fact plan to launch a £20million bid for Alexis in the winter transfer window, with Arsenal players now understood to believe he’ll be allowed to go.
And new comments by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will do little to quieten down those rumours.
When the Frenchman was asked if Arsenal may try to cash in on Sanchez in January, he replied, “In our situation, we have envisaged every solution.
“It is possible.”
Much may depend on where Arsenal are in the title race come January or if they’re finally able to secure a replacement for the 28-year-old, who has just suffered more disappointment with Chile failing to make the World Cup.
Sanchez wants to spend the remainder of his peak years challenging for trophies, and sees a reunion with Pep Guardiola as one of his best avenues towards achieving that. And he may get the move he wants as soon as January.