Manchester City round-up: Sterling swap deal proposed; Arsenal prefer Aguero; fresh bid lined-up for defender
Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez took another shock turn on Tuesday morning as fresh reports have claimed that Pep Guardiola is prepared to offer Raheem Sterling as part of a swap deal.
Sources close to Sky Sports believe that the Spaniard remains desperate to sign the Chilean before the deadline on Thursday night, and he will submit one final offer to try and break Arsenal’s resolve.
To try and tempt Arsene Wenger further he will offer Sterling as part of the deal, who has struggled to force himself into the starting eleven this season, in a last-ditch pledge for Sanchez.
However, according to Sky Sports’ journalist Kaveh Solhekol this morning, one particular source has outlined that Arsenal would only consider partaking in a swap deal if it included Argentine striker Sergio Aguero.
This could be where the move for Sanchez stalls once more, with the above report detailing that Manchester City have insisted that the 29-year-old isn’t up for sale at any cost – especially to a rival.
The 28-year-old has continued to fuel speculation of an Arsenal exit even more this morning, however, with Chilean news outlet TV 13 claiming that Sanchez has asked to leave Chile’s training camp – ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Paraguay and Bolivia – to undertake some “personal business”.
Away from the unfolding drama of the Sanchez case, it seems that Pep Guardiola’s other primary target before the summer transfer window closes has become West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans.
According to the latest update in the Mirror, Manchester City are preparing themselves to submit a second formal offer for the 29-year-old after Leicester City had a £21 million bid rejected.
It is thought that the Baggies are holding out for closer to £30 million for Evans, with Tony Pulis unwilling to let his newly-named captain leave, but City are happy to improve on their initial offer and meet this.
The Blues, as reported by BBC Sport, had an opening offer of £18 million rejected by West Brom last week but Guardiola knows that he has the available funds to make an offer that they cannot refuse.
Evans will actually be in the surroundings of the Etihad this week as part of Northern Ireland’s preparations for their World Cup qualifier with San Marino on Friday, training at their CFA complex.