With Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona sealed, Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City remains the only long-running saga to be resolved. According to the Evening Standard, that will happen soon with City preparing to bid for the Chile international and Arsenal setting a price tag.
25-year-old Coutinho is set to be unveiled at the Camp Nou following the completion of formalities over his Anfield switch while Sanchez can only look on and hope City return for him.
Pep Guardiola recently demanded that the City hierarchy make a move for the 29-year-old who has made no secret of his desire to leave the Emirates. The Catalan is concerned that his squad does not have the depth to challenge for trophies on four fronts.
With Sanchez not cup-tied in the Champions League and FA Cup, it presents a rare opportunity to land a world-class player who can help with all challenges in the second half of the season.
Arsenal aren’t prepared to let him leave cheaply and want £40m to assist with City’s trophy haul. Earlier reports suggested City were only prepared to pay a nominal fee of around £15m but Guardiola’s insistence that a deal happens in January is forcing their hand, something the north London club fully intends to exploit.