Chilean international Alexis Sanchez finds himself in the centre of all attraction, as he continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United this month.
The Arsenal star was not a part of the match day squad that faced Bournemouth, as they fell off the pace to lose 1-2 at the Vitality stadium.
The Gunners are seven points off United, Liverpool, and Chelsea, and are also five behind Tottenham Hotspur at fifth. And now, with Sanchez set to leave, there could be more misery for the London club as the season progresses.
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It looked like the player would either join City in January for a lesser fee, or see out his contract at the Emirates.
But then, Jose Mourinho entered the fray, and it could turn out to be a well timed coup for the Europa League champions. Arsenal have asked for £35m for the player, who has a few months left on his current contract.
Some reports have claimed that a reunion with Pep Guardiola is destined for the former Udinese and Barcelona player. But there still exists a huge possibility of him going to Old Trafford.
According to an earlier report from GOAL, back in 2010, it was revealed that Sanchez might have a soft corner for Manchester United.
A Chilean international who played alongside Sanchez during that time, had gone on to reveal that the now 29-year-old would do anything to get to Old Trafford.
“All Alexis wants is to play for Manchester United,” revealed the player, who did not want to be named. “He’d give anything for that.”
Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in Sanchez, but the player snubbed the club and joined Barcelona instead. It will be interesting to see whether he agrees to play under Jose over City, as fans remain keen on how the saga unfolds.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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