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According to the Guardian, Man City have made a take it or leave it £20m offer to Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean is out of contract in the summer, and has no intention of signing a new deal, so the Gunners must now weigh up the option of taking some money for him now – which they could use to reinvest in the squad at some point – or retain the services of the joint leading scorer and watch him join Pep Guardiola’s side for free in the summer.
City’s move is believed to have been made in the wake of the injury to Gabriel Jesus, and the Spaniard is keen to work with the player he signed for Barcelona from Udinese in 2011. However, despite their deep pockets, they’re not prepared to offer more for a player who will cost nothing in a few months time.
It’s a complicated situation, not least because Arsenal are a team short on goals at the moment.
Both Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette have 8 each to their name, a not particularly impressive total given we’re in early January, while Olivier Giroud has 6 and Danny Welbeck 5.
Arsene Wenger has marginalised Theo Walcott, who scored 19 times last season, to the point of departure, and the Frenchman will have to consider whether £20m now in this current market is going to get him a player who can make up for what we’d lose if Sanchez were to go.
It’s exactly the kind of situation we knew we could face if we kept him last summer, especially when we made moves to let him go late in the window but failed to do it with enough time to bring in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Wenger says he has yet to decide whether or not the 29 year old will play against Chelsea tomorrow night in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.
His participation, or otherwise, could well tell us a lot.