At the end of a miserable week, Alexis Sanchez may yet find some light at the end of a tunnel. The 28-year-old Chilean international saw his country fail to qualify for Russia 2018 but Manchester City believe they will brighten his day.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the current Premier League leaders believe it is a matter of prompting to prise the striker away from Arsenal. Faced with losing the striker on a Bosman next summer, the north London club are expected to accept that a £20m fee is better than nothing.
With Mesut Özil, 28, also expected to leave on a free, the Gunners are deemed to be vulnerable at the moment. However, with no offers yet to emerge for the German, speculation is mounting that Özil will stay at the Emirates.
If that is the case, Arsenal will be keen to seal the deal before January and make a clear statement of intent. It also provides a significant obstacle for City’s ambition. Faced with losing just one player, the Gunners can afford to maintain their current beligerence toward their Premier League rivals.
However, City’s anxiety over the deal is compounded by Paris St Germain’s interest. The French club are keen to land Sanchez to complete an astonishing attacking line and are willing to match anything City can offer the mercurial Chilean.
A story which has already taken many unexpected twists has more to come.