Pep Guardiola does not like losing in any situation.
Despite Manchester City claiming they pulled out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez their offer of £60million in the summer suggests they did really want the Chilean.
It will hurt Pep even more that Sanchez hasn’t just fobbed him off but he’s done the worst thing possible by choosing the dark side with Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
City’s squad is easily the strongest in the league and signing Sanchez would have been an extravagant addition to a side that is already 12 points clear, but you can be sure Pep won’t be happy to see him strutting his stuff on the other side of town.
The only thing that could take his mind off things would be two signings that would make the blue side of Manchester even stronger.
According to Goal, City have ramped up their pursuit of Shakhtar Dontesk’s midfielder Fred and Atletic Bilbao centre back Aymeric Laporte in what would be an impressive reaction to missing out on the former Gunner.
It’s reported that the City hierarchy want both players to join the club this month and it would set them back around £100million for the pair.
23-year-old Bilbao defender Laporte had initially agreed to join City back in 2016 but pulled out at the last minute, however the club is now confident if he agrees to a deal they can activate his €65 million release clause.
However it appears that Laporte would face a difficult decision of leaving his boyhood club in the middle of the season with them 12th in the league.
A bonus of him joining the Citizens in January is that he could play in the Champions League unlike Fred who would be cup-tied having played against City in the group stage.
Fred is seen as a natural replacement for Fernandinho, not just because he’s Brazilian and plays at Shakhtar we promise.
The box-to-box midfielder has been ‘waiting for Pep’s call’ since Christmas and we could see both transfers happen before the end of January.
Just give them the quadruple now.
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan will thrive at Arsenal while Man United may have an issue with Alexis Sanchez
- Man United have lost part of the League Cup and nobody knows it’s gone
- Yeovil Town have ruined Alexis Sanchez with this Twitter trolling