According to The Telegraph, Manchester City are set to make one last attempt to pry Alexis Sánchez away from North London. Pep Guardiola’s side are reportedly expected to offer Arsenal £60m for the Chilean sometime before the transfer window closes on August 31st.
Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said that he will not sell Alexis, most recently in his press conference this morning. Wenger also said that no progress has been made towards a new contract for the wantaway star, and it seems like the club is prepared for him to leave on a free transfer this summer.
But the transfer rumors won’t go away, and to be fair, Alexis isn’t helping things. Over the weekend, he sent a hastily deleted tweet geotagged to Paris. He looks set to miss this weekend’s match against Stoke with the same abdominal injury that caused him to miss the Community Shield and the season opener. Is the injury legitimate? Arsene Wenger says that it is, but “injured” players have become “sold” players a few too many times for me to be completely convinced.
In a post-Neymar-to-PSG world where Gylfi Sigurðsson is sold for £45m to Everton, Manchester City’s offer is far too low. I don’t want to get into how much Alexis is worth and what number might get Arsenal to rethink their stance, but I know that in today’s market, especially when selling to a competitor, £60m should not be enough.