Alexis Sanchez is shaping up to be a source of delight and anxiety among Arsenal fans this season.
Even if the Chilean ace chooses to remain at the Emirates this season, it comes with the caveat that he will likely move on when his contract expires 12 months from now.
The Gunners have failed to tie him down to a new deal and prompted several clubs to register their interest in his services.
Some will be scratching their heads to figure out how Sanchez is still an Arsenal player considering how many transfer shortlists his name has likely been scribbled onto this summer.
Arsene Wenger can only be concerned by how this saga has played out to date – especially when there’s no guarantee he won’t switch clubs before the August 31 deadline.
Manchester City have recently edged ahead of Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the race to lure Sanchez away from north London in the next 11 days.
Pep Guardiola is thought to be a huge admirer of the former Barcelona forward and would even be willing to offer him a £400,000 slice of his weekly wage bill, per the Sun.
The proposed £21 million-a-year contract would make Sanchez the highest-paid player in England above Manchester United star Paul Pogba – who pockets £280,000 each week.
DO CITY NEED SANCHEZ?
City will need a hugely talented and deep squad to fulfil the enormous expectations before them this term and would surely consider signing a player like Sanchez if the opportunity arose.
However, while there’s no question City have the financial means to tempt the 28-year-old to leave Arsenal, the practicality of such an investment depends on Guardiola’s ambitious plans.
Having already welcomed nearly £220 million worth of signings to the Etihad since last season, it seems Sanchez won’t be involved should City complete any additional summer business.
"I have enough good players up front," Guardiola said, per the Independent.
”(They should) just relax and score goals - that's all. I have two amazing strikers, two number nines, Gabriel (Jesus) and Sergio (Aguero), but I have others who can score a lot of goals.”
City are without question the envy of all other Premier League clubs when it comes to attacking firepower this season.
And it seems Guardiola now also subscribes to the idea after his side struggled to mount a serious run at the title last term due to their wastefulness in front of goal.
"Leroy scored goals last season and Kevin De Bruyne is a guy who scores 15 goals (a season)," the 46-year-old added.
"If just half of the posts - chances which he creates himself - scores a goal, it is a step forward."
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