Manchester City round-up: Sanchez latest; Barcelona midfielder linked; Neville praises ‘Europe’s most exciting’ side
According to an exclusive report surfacing from South America on Tuesday morning, Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to hijack Manchester City’s summer move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
Chilean newspaper El Mercurio have claimed that PSG will offer the Gunners a £9million advanced payment in January to lock down a deal for the 28-year-old, stealing him away from Pep Guardiola.
Big-spending PSG currently hold the advantage in the race to sign Sanchez, with Manchester City unable to engage in any talks with Arsenal until the summer due to it being an inter-league signing.
The Chilean talisman is out-of-contract at the Emirates at the end of the campaign and, after his £60million deadline day move to the Etihad fell through, his future is seemingly away from London.
Meanwhile, reports coming from the ever-reliable Don Balon in Spain have suggested that manager Guardiola is lining up a potential January transfer window move for Barcelona star Sergi Roberto.
The report claims that the Spaniard is prepared to fork out the £35 million required to secure the services of the 25-year-old midfielder, who has been on his agenda since arriving in England in 2016.
Yet it’s not all plain sailing as it is believed that Roberto – who made 32 La Liga appearances during last season – wants to stay in Spain, although City could have the financial resources to turn his head.
And finally, away from the ongoing rumour mill ex-Manchester United defender Phil Neville has claimed that Manchester City are currently ‘the most exciting team in Europe’ after their fast start.
The Blues have been rampant in recent weeks, scoring 16 goals in their last three Premier League matches without reply, with their most recent demolition coming against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Neville praised City in his Sky Sports column, writing: “Well, after another 5-0 victory, you’ve got to say Manchester City are the most exciting side in Europe right now with the number of goals they are scoring.
“They’ll obviously have bigger tests but they are absolutely sensational to watch, and the pleasing thing for Pep Guardiola is that the team are keeping clean sheets as well.”
Manchester City will look to continue their fine recent form and secure a second straight win in Champions League group-stage football when they face Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
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