Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola refused to rule out a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez when asked in a recent press conference, amid rumours the Sky Blues are lining up a £70m bid to prize the 28-year-old away from the Gunners before transfer deadline day, reports the Express.
Sanchez has turned down a contract extension from Arsenal, and is believed to be keen on leaving for a side with aspirations of winning major honours. The Gunners have only won the FA Cup since his 2014 move from Barcelona, sub standard for a player who has won the Copa America and La Liga title for country and club.
Manchester City have been linked with his signature all summer, with the 28-year-old scoring and creating an impressive 34 goals in 38 Premier League games last season. Pep Guardiola brought him to Barcelona during his stint as manager and is believed to be keen on renewing acquaintances.
When asked signing Sanchez, Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and West Brom’s Jonny Evans, Guardiola said: “He’s an Arsenal player, like Mbappe is a Monaco player, like Johnny Evans is a West Bromwich Albion player. You have to ask Alexis Sanchez. He’s a player and the other clubs have to talk about it. Normally I don’t talk about players from other clubs.
“I’m happy with the squad I have, but we’re going to see. We have five or six days left, and I think the market is going to move. I was happy with the squad last season and I am happy this season. I was happy at Munich, I was happy at Barcelona. I have had strong teams at my three clubs (as manager) and I know how difficult it is, but the clubs have always done as much as possible to make me happy.”
Alexis is reportedly unhappy with Arsenal’s failure to reach the Champions League last season, a failure he was part of given he played in every league game, and is willing to run down his contract until next summer to leave the London club. Arsenal won’t cash in despite the little time left on his deal and are still holding out thin hope of getting Sanchez to extend his stay. Alexis Sanchez is 1/1 to join Manchester City this summer.