Manchester City are making moves in the transfer market to ensure they go into the summer window with a clear plan in mind to strengthen the weak areas of the squad. One area manager Pep Guardiola wants bolstered is the attack. He’s reportedly targeting Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez this summer, potentially as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, whose 28 goals in all competitions may not be enough to keep City from selling him.
Despite his prolific nature, Aguero isn’t as flexible a forward as Guardiola would like him to be. Sanchez is, however, and has the high levels of industry to operate up front on his own, or be deployed successfully in the wider areas. He’s also proven to be a prolific goalscorer so he would improve the current Manchester City squad. While same age as Aguero, 28, Sanchez has scored and created 27 goals in 28 Premier League starts, boasting 71 chances and 86 successful dribbles.
His work rate frequently gains him plaudits and will have attracted the attention of Guardiola given the South American has made 60 tackles and interceptions. And his international pedigree speaks for itself – two Copa America title with Chile and over 100 caps. Sanchez will be frustrated with how his Arsenal career has gone given he’s won just one FA Cup (2014/15) and two Community Shields (2014, 2015) since his move from Barcelona, and he’s yet to sign a new deal past next summer.
Guardiola remained diplomatic on the rumours that City were targeting Sanchez, saying: “It is not time to talk about that – about the players who are going to stay here – the hypothetical players who are coming here next season. We have a lot of business to do.” Chelsea are reportedly also keen. Sanchez is set to break his record of league goals in a season – 19 with Barcelona in 2013/14 – if he can score two more before the campaign comes to a close.