Pep Guardiola has not given up on his efforts to sign a high-profile forward, as the Manchester City manager is lining up an incredible £60 million bid for Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez, reports The Telegraph.
The want-away Arsenal man has been the subject of media attention due to doubts over his future in North London amid speculation of a switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City.
Sanchez is reportedly unhappy at the Emirates, questioning the club’s seeming lack of ambition and constant failure of offering a fair amount of title challenge. Moreover, the North Londoners are reportedly reluctant to comply with the Chilean’s wage demands.
Though the Gunners suffered an up-and-down run during the previous campaign, Sanchez enjoyed a fruitful season, scoring 30 goals and providing 13 assists across all competitions, and becoming the club’s top scorer and the player of the season of the 2016/17 campaign.
Since then, the former Barcelona man has made his dissatisfaction apparent. Adding to the frustration of the Gunners faithful, Sanchez is yet to feature in a match after their FA Cup final win against Chelsea, missing his side’s thrilling Premier League opener against Leicester City as well.
Meanwhile, Guardiola is adamant on securing the Chile international’s signature, and is ready to offer a £400,000-a-week deal, which includes bonuses and image rights. The Mancunians are expected to offer a sum of £60 million for the electric winger to test the Londoners’ resolve.
It is needless to say that Alexis, alongside Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne, would become an almost unstoppable attacking force, and that is exactly what the City boss is hoping for. However, Arsene Wenger has strongly denied such claims, and insists the forward will remain at the Emirates, and is adamant on not selling him to a Premier League rival.
When quizzed about it during a post match conference following their victory over Leicester, Wenger said: “No. He practised well today, this morning, had a good session for the first time because he had a little muscular strain. He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game.”
The 28-year-old is yet to sign a contract extension, despite its expiration being less than a year away. Wenger will certainly be keen on keeping all his star players before the transfer window shuts down. The stay of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, along with the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, would mean the Gunners will be offering a tough title challenge.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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