Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United is expected to materialize in a day or two, as per one of the latest reports by The Independent. While Manchester City led the race initially, the Red Devils have cultivated a sudden surge in interest and are ready to dish out £35million to lure him to the Old Trafford, in what would be a headline-grabbing signing.
Arsene Wenger accepted that Sanchez’s exit might actually happen owing to the player’s reluctance to sign an extension to his contract with the North London based outfit, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. It would make sense if the Gunners cash in now rather than lose him for free in the summer but Wenger must be in desperate need to make a blockbuster signing to beef up the quality of his side.
As per The Express, the Frenchman is desirous to land Borussia Dortmund’s striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the Gabon international all set to leave the German Bundesliga outfit. Although Alexandre Lacazette was signed by Arsenal in the summer, the former Lyon hitman has been struggling to make his presence felt lately.
On Sunday, Arsenal looked timorous and lacked the cutting edge up front against Bournemouth in their Premier League fixture. Despite having a lead, they succumbed to two second-half goals by the Cherries and probably it was the absence of Mesut Ozil and Sanchez that led to such a catastrophe. Their impact at the club has been galvanizing and only by bringing renowned players, can they realistically keep challenging for the Top 4 places in the coming months.
Aubameyang’s qualities need no mention, for he is a sublime attacker who can singlehandedly wreak havoc in the defence of the opposition. In 15 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, the 28-year-old has smashed 13 goals and has also accumulated 3 assists to his name and having proved his worth in the German top division, he might be looking for some new and exciting endeavours at this stage of his career.
The forward was linked to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in the summer but the interested clubs failed to prise him out of the Westfalenstadion. From what appears at this stroke of hour, Arsenal are leading the race to sign him and a move to the Premier League might actually materialize this month. If Wenger manages to convince him to join his ranks, it would certainly be an outstanding acquisition for him in his pursuit of finishing inside the top-four spots in the league.
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