Manchester City have established one of the strongest sides in the Premier League this season as Pep Guardiola, the current manager at the club, has already spent over £400m in his two summer transfer windows at the club. However, it does not look like Guardiola is still happy with the options at his disposal and is looking to add some quality players to his first team before the deadline day.
He has been linked with some of the finest stars in world football and one name extensively linked with a move to the club is Chilean star, Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal finally ready to sell Sanchez:
The former Barcelona playmaker has turned into one of the best players in Europe at the moment, as he put in some incredible performances for the Gunners, since his move to the club three years ago. However, lack of progress at the club has seen him linked with an exit, with reports suggesting that Sanchez is demanding a wage package unheard of, at the club.
According to reports from the Express, Arsenal are not ready to give into his demands and are ready to cash in on him, while the Sun claim that Arsenal are now willing to consider offers in the range of £70m. But do City really need Sanchez with that amount of money?
One of the most productive in Europe:
Capable of playing as a winger or as a false-9, Sanchez was used in a variety of roles last season by Arsene Wenger, as he picked up 30 goals and 19 assists across all competitions. Sanchez now has 115 international appearances for Chile, helping them to back to back Copa America titles.
He has great experience in top flight football in Europe, making 103 Premier League appearances, 95 Serie A appearances, 88 La Liga appearances and 46 Champions League appearances, all at the age of 28. He is at the prime as a footballer and will walk into any of the top squads in Europe and is a great addition to the squad at the Etihad.
Do City really need him?
Guardiola spent on Bernardo Silva to improve on his attack from the previous season and has loads of options for almost every position on the field. Silva and Kevin de Bruyne are expected to be the first choice on the wings alongside Gabriel Jesus while Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane will also be waiting for their chances.
Though Sanchez is an upgrade on at least three of those names, he is not an immediate requirement at the Etihad. An attacking unit of De Bruyne, Sanchez, Jesus and Aguero is not just one of the best in England but is also one of the best in Europe and will make sure that City do not go another season without a trophy.
However, adding Sanchez will mean that Guardiola has to get rid of one of his star players and that is not something he will want to do this late in the window. Sanchez is a match winning option for City, but should Pep really make a move for him?