How would the Alexis Sanchez transfer improve Manchester City?

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?

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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. 

Mancini on Balotelli

On question if the club plan to sell Mario at the end of the season, Roberto said: “Probably but I don’t know, it depends because Balotelli is a fantastic player.  We want 11 players but with Mario on the pitch every time we play we risk him being sent off. We have six games and he will not play in the next six games.”

“I love him like a guy, I love him like a player, I know him, he’s not a bad guy, he’s a fantastic player but in this moment I am very sorry for him because he continues to lose his talent and his quality.”

“I hope he understands that he is in a bad way for his future and he can change. If Mario continues like this I probably agree but I hope always that he can change his behaviour.”

“Mario is young, he is 22 and I understand that when you are young you can make some mistakes. There are a lot of people who make mistakes. I hope for him, not for me, that he can change.”

“It’s clear he created a big problem but he has scored a lot of important goals. Mario is Mario when he does a mistake because he is young and doesn’t understand but it’s also Mario when he scores two goals when we won 6-1 (against Manchester UTD). It’s Mario when he scores a penalty in the last second against Tottenham.”

Roberto Mancini about his future

Roberto Mancini is under pressure, as he was expected to win Premiership this season. This is what he said about this:

“My relationship with Khaldoon is fantastic. If he sacked me at the end of the season or next year, I would say that every manager who works with Khaldoon is very lucky. He is a really good man. This doesn’t change my opinion about him or the club.”

“But I don’t have this problem because I will continue in my job. I’m sure that this club has arrived at the top. With two or three more players after this year, this club will start to win, and when it starts to win it will win two or three titles every year. Now it has arrived.”

“I’ve been in this world for a long time and I know you can lose this job. But it’s important to me that the squad have improved a lot over the last two years. We are progressing. I don’t decide this. I do the best for my job and after I don’t decide this situation.”

“I have a one-year contract. I started this job two and a half years ago and since that moment we have improved a lot as a team, players and a club. This is important when you have a new team.”

“But I know football very well and I left Internazionale after seven trophies with a four-year contract to the end.”

“In football anything can happen in any moment. This championship can change in one week. The same regarding my future. When you choose this job you know that anything can happen in any moment.”

“I don’t have a problem with that because when you work hard for your job and improve your team, that’s important.”

“We should think that we can still win the title. There are seven games to the end with one derby to play at home. I think we can win this title. It’s important that we get the maximum points we can. Last year we got 71 points and now we’ve got 71 with seven games left.”

Silva on contract extension

It has been written in newspapers that he could switch with Gonzalo Higuain, that he could join Real Madrid this summer, here is what he said on his contract extension:

“I know City want to speak to my agents at the end of the season for a new contract, but I am relaxed. I have two years still left and I am happy here. I have progressed as a player since leaving Valencia and I am fighting to win titles. That was my aim when I left La Liga.”

“I am not performing as well as I was in the first part of the season, but that’s normal. It’s very difficult to stay at the same level for so long, but I am ready to help the team in the battles that lie ahead.”

Rumours that Mancini could be fired if he doesn’t win Premiership: “Mancini under pressure? What about the players? City demand the maximum and up until now we haven’t won anything this year. Not being champions would be a great disappointment after having it so close, but we are going to fight until the end.”

About Tevez: “Tevez is a great player and nobody doubts that. I will not get into his conflict with the manager, but from a sporting point of view he is a footballer who brings so much on the field of play.”

About Balotelli: “Mario is Mario. He is capable of turning a game with one piece of genius and then losing his nerve, but that’s him. For me he is a footballer I prefer to have on my team than on the other team because he is capable of breaking down the opposition at any moment.”

Higuain not for sale?

On rumours that Higuain will leave Galacticos on the end of this season, and that he could switch with Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid’s director, Emilio Butragueno said:  “Rumours seem to be inevitable. But we are delighted with Higuain.”

“He is a world-class striker and we want him to stay here for many years. He arrived here very young and we regard him as a club player. ”

“He has always behaved impeccably whether he plays or not. We are thinking about what interests us right now and we only want our players to think about their jobs. ”

“When the season ends, the coaching staff will work to strengthen the team if necessary, but that is a long way away and what matters right now is to fight for the two titles at stake.”