According to fresh reports in the Independent last night, Arsenal have re-affirmed their stance that talisman forward Alexis Sanchez won’t be sold to Manchester City under any circumstance this summer.
The report claims that there is an expectation that the Citizens will make an offer of £50 million for the 28-year-old over the upcoming weeks, but Arsenal remain adamant they won’t entertain a move.
It is now believed that the only club with the potential to lure him away from the Emirates is Bayern Munich – a perceived lesser of two evils – should Sanchez opt not to see out his current deal at Arsenal.
The Chilean’s contract at the Gunners is set to run out at the end of next season but negotiations with the club over a new deal are yet to materialise as it appears he is set on leaving.
Sources close to the Independent claim that, although Sanchez has shown a desire to leave, he wishes to stay in London – but Arsenal are equally against selling him to even fiercer rivals Chelsea.
In order to fund their mass summer spending spree, the Manchester Evening News reports that City boss Pep Guardiola is planning on undergoing a £130 million overhaul of his current squad.
The local news outlet allege that the Spaniard is preparing himself for a £300 million transfer frenzy this summer – with around £80 million of that already spent on duo Bernardo and Ederson Moraes.
And out-of-favour Joe Hart and young forward Kelechi Iheanacho are set to spark a big clear-out over the next few weeks, with it reported that City are aiming to sell the duo for around £25 million each.
In addition to this, players returning to the club after being out on loan all season – Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony – could potentially all be sold for a total of up to £45 million.
Guardiola accrued £169million’s worth of costs during his debut transfer window last summer on his way to bringing in John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Claudio Bravo.
One player who is likely to be heading through the Etihad exit door this summer is England number one Joe Hart, and the Evening Standard have reported that West Ham could be his next destination.
The Hammers are reluctant to fork out the £18million asking price for Hart and are instead looking to take the 30-year-old on a season-long loan, with the promise of giving him regular first-team action.
With the signing of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes officially announced last week, there’s very little chance that Hart can force his way back into the picture at City after a season spent on-loan at Torino.
Yet despite the Hammers’ interest a move could fail to materialise due to Hart’s extremely high wages of £120,000-per-week; the shot-stopper would need to accept a sizeable cut if he moved to West Ham.
It is believed that the London outfit could utilise Pablo Zabaleta – who was released from Manchester City a fortnight ago – to help persuade Hart to make the move down south, however.
BBC Sport reported at the weekend that the England goalkeeper admitted that he currently doesn’t have any offers from elsewhere, and a short spell at West Ham could aid his 2018 World Cup hopes.
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