It was the summer’s melodrama. Alexis Sanchez, 28, wasn’t short of suitors but only had eyes for Manchester City. The two clubs agreed a fee of £60m for the player only for the deal to fall through as Arsenal couldn’t land Thomas Lemar, 21.
As deadline day drew closer, reports emerged of a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling, 22. City boss Pep Guardiola killed that notion, claiming that he had no intention of selling the England international, who is a player he rates highly.
Arsène Wenger is of the same mind and reports in the Daily Mirror claim that the Gunners are ready to move for Sterling in January.
City aren’t believed to be interested in signing Sanchez in the next window as they know the Chilean is available on a free transfer in the summer. The bookmakers agree. Despite the Citizens being favourites to land the Arsenal striker, Manchester City are 6/1 to sign Sanchez in January.
After Arsenal bid £90m for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, they can expect to pay more a striker who has already scored three goals in four Premier League appearances this season.
Convincing Sterling to join the north London club is another matter. It’s been almost a decade since they challenged for the title and can’t currently offer him Champions League football. Arsène Wenger’s own future is still unclear with his contract having eighteen months remaining, leaving Arsenal in a state of flux for the foreseeable future.