Arsenal and Manchester City could complete an incredible swap deal this summer. The Daily Star report that the two clubs have held discussions over Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero switching teams before the new season. Pep Guardiola has made the former his main attacking target, but there is a recognition that it will be difficult to do a deal for the Chilean, as the Gunners don’t want to lose him to a rival club. Aguero could be the perfect solution, as he is no longer a guaranteed starter at the Etihad Stadium, but he would significantly improve Arsenal.
This report is questionable as it comes from the Daily Star, which doesn’t have a great reputation when it comes to being correct about transfer stories. That said, it would make sense for both clubs and ensure that Arsenal don’t lose face by seeing their best player leave for a rival club. They would be getting an attacker with similar ability in exchange, while City would be making the exchange for stylistic reasons. The main doubt would be whether Aguero would want to move to a club that isn’t in the Champions League and it may be hard to convince the Argentine to agree if a deal was arranged.
Olivier Giroud continues to be linked with an exit, as the Mirror report that West Ham are ready to break the bank in order to sign the French striker. The Hammers are willing to pay £20 million, in addition to offering the Frenchman a package worth £130,000-a-week. This would be the biggest deal in the club’s history if it was to go through.
Although he has been a reliable goal-scorer for the club in recent years, he is approaching 30 and it could be the perfect time to cash in on him before he starts to lose value. At the figures mentioned in this report, it would represent good business for the club as they would be making a profit on the striker. If Arsenal are serious about becoming title contenders, the squad needs a complete overhaul and selling players like Giroud is a logical step in doing that.
Calum Chambers suffered a disappointing relegation with Middlesbrough last season during his loan spell in the North East, but he will be a much better player as a result. The defender was given regular first-team football in the Premier League and he will be hoping to push on from here. In an interview to Sky Sports, ahead of the England under-21 match against Germany, he said that he is ready to return to Arsenal:
“It’s been a very good season for me. I gave absolutely everything to try to get results and keep Middlesbrough in the Premier League. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that and I was gutted.
“We have to see what happens. I’m an Arsenal player and I’ll be going back in for pre-season and concentrating on that but at the moment my focus is on England and beating Germany.”
It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Chambers, as he is now 22 and he will want to have a more defined role in the Arsenal squad when he returns. If he isn’t given the assurances that he needs, then another loan move could be the best option for both player and club. The Gunners won’t want to lose him as he has the potential to be a good player for the club, but he needs regular first team minutes and would regress if given a supporting role at the Emirates Stadium.