Having spent some time away on holiday after his Confederations Cup exploits with Chile, Alexis Sanchez has had a whirlwind of transfer rumours swirling around him. Arsenal broke their transfer record to sign a top striker in Alexandre Lacazette and improved their defence with Sead Kolasinac, but their star forward looks to be on his way to Manchester City.
Given the strength of their team, their big-money signings, and the fact that they’re already leading the list as favourites to win the Premier League in 2017/18, why would the Citizens need to splash out on another forward?
A stacked team already
‘Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City‘ by joshjdss (CC BY 2.0)
Manchester City already boast the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, David Siva, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Nolito, Gabriel Jesus, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony, Kelechi Iheanacho, new addition Bernardo Silva, and young hot-shot Patrick Roberts. While some of these will be sold or loaned out, the City attack will still be star-studded enough to give Alexis Sanchez a great amount of competition in attacking midfield, on the left wing, and up front.
To add to this, Pep Guardiola failed to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez during the duo’s time in Barcelona, a fact that the City boss has admitted himself. However, the Chilean is still sitting as a favourable selection for a free bet at 10/11 to move to City. This can be greatly credited to the work of Arsene Wenger, who unlocked Sanchez’s raw potential as a top scoring, diverse option in attack, giving him the freedom needed to excel – Guardiola would do well to deploy him in a similar role, should the transfer come to fruition.
What about Aguero?
Sergio Aguero has been a hero in the sky blue since he arrived, but last season was a rocky one for the six-year City star. Despite problems that Guardiola had with his playing style, favouring others ahead of Aguero for spells, the Argentine still put up 33 goals over the season.
There were many rumours that Aguero would be on his way out but luckily for City and Premier League fans, the manager has stated that he wants both Aguero and Sanchez in his team for the upcoming campaign. Sanchez’s versatility would perfectly complement City’s fluid attack-force, especially as young striker Kelechi Iheanacho looks set for a move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Leicester City.
Bringing in the crafty Chilean attacker will create almost unfathomable depth in City’s attacking corps – likely the best set in the league – and give them a great shot at success both domestically and in Europe.