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According to journalist Graeme Bailey via The Gambling Times, Arsenal and Manchester City are in talks about a stunning swap deal involving Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez.
Our Chilean super star returned to pre-season training yesterday but is believed to have reiterated his desire to leave after refusing to sign a new contract extension.
Sanchez has been linked with a number of clubs but City is reportedly his favoured destination and Pep Guardiola is understood to be keen to link-up with the attacker again having managed him at Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger insists he won’t sell Alexis even if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer but that resolve could be severely tested if these latest reports are to be believed.
Journalist Graeme Bailey – who’s worked with several newspapers and Sky Sports over the years – has claimed in his column for The Gambling Times that Arsenal and City are in talks about a potential swap deal involving Aguero and Sanchez.
Bailey says Arsenal chiefs asked about Aguero being included in any deal when approached by City for Sanchez and the Citizens are now giving serious consideration to letting the striker leave.
Aguero has been a legend for City but he’s facing the prospect of sitting on the bench this season with Gabriel Jesus favourite to start up front and City pushing hard to sign Sanchez.
Let’s be honest, if Sanchez has made it clear he’s not going to sign a new deal then we need to cash-in and while Wenger understandably doesn’t want to sell to a rival, getting Aguero in return would be a great piece of business.
The Argentinean international is one of the best strikers in Europe and still managed to score 30 goals for City last season despite struggling with injury so he’d be a superb addition to the squad.
I’m not sure what it would mean for Alexandre Lacazette if we did sign Aguero. Perhaps Wenger would change formation to play two up front but we’d make room for Aguero, that’s for sure.
It’s certainly an interesting situation for Aguero as he’ll have to consider his future if City do sign Alexis so maybe a move to the Emirates would give him the opportunity to prove Guardiola wrong for letting him go.