Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’s unsure if he will make another approach for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez when the January transfer window opens in the new year, reports talkSPORT.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the wintertime or next season. He’s an Arsenal player. Of course we were interested in him (but) at the end Arsenal decided not to sell him. So, all the best for Alexis. I know him from Barcelona. And that’s all. Sometimes the deals work, sometimes not,” he said.
City came close to signing the 28-year-old on transfer deadline day, after agreeing a fee with Arsenal. But the Gunners made a U-turn on the move after failing to secure a replacement in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. Guardiola further revealed Arsenal had also requested a player be included in the deal for Alexis.
“They talked to me and I said, ‘No chance, zero chance, not one per cent chance to make a swap with Alexis and Raz’. He is 22, English. He has a lot to improve (but) I trust a lot in him. The only deal, if possible, was cash,” the City manager added.
“We tried to make an offer. They accepted but in the end they could not sign the player they wanted to sign, (so) Alexis stayed in Arsenal.” Given Alexis Sanchez will be out of contract next summer, it’s hard to see City not making another bid in January. Guardiola was reportedly desperate to sign him this summer and is sure to monitor his progress either in January or June.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to keep the Chilean international, but cannot tie him down to a new deal. Sanchez is 6/1 to join Manchester City before February 2018, but where does his future lie?