Pep Guardiola is going to attempt the transfer market equivalent of Raheem Sterling’s last-minute winner.
The Man City boss is preparing an audacious late bid for Alexis Sanchez in the wake of Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
The Daily Star are reporting that City will test the Gunners’ resolve with a bid of £70million for the 28-year-old forward.
Not only that, City will also toss in Belgium international Jason Denayer on top of the transfer fee.
With all due respect to Denayer, the 22-year-old defender is hardly the bargaining chip of a lifetime.
Since signing him in 2014, City have sent Denayer on loan to Celtic, Galatasaray and, most recently, Sunderland.
And in truth he hasn’t really impressed since his days with Celtic.
However, the offer will be tempting for Arsenal who may feel the need to strengthen their squad further following the eye-opening loss to Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Sanchez is in the last year of his contract and has cut a forlorn figure at the Emirates for months.
If Arsene Wenger doesn’t cash in on the Chilean superstar now then he risks losing his best player for free next summer.
Sanchez would then have the pick of the bunch in terms of his next club.
While losing Sanchez would undoubtedly weaken the squad in the short-term, pocketing £70m may prove to be wiser in the future.
The Gunners could even reinvest before the transfer window shuts on Thursday if they acted fast.
Sanchez played under Guardiola at Barcelona and if he were to join an attacking unit which already features the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne then City would have unprecedented firepower for the season ahead.
Wenger has previously stated his reluctance to sell his prize asset, particularly to a title rival, but desperate times may call for desperate measures.
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