Manchester City round-up: £20m Sanchez maximum; Evans on failed move; midfielder tipped for exit
It hasn’t even been a week since the summer transfer window closed but the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City rumours are seemingly already in full flow ahead of a possible move to the Etihad in January.
The Sun believe that, with Sanchez currently in the final year of his contract at the Emirates, Pep Guardiola’s side won’t be willing to pay over the odds when they know they can get him for free next year.
It is alleged that – if there are injuries to their striking options between now and then – Manchester City will offer Arsenal £20 million for their Chilean talisman when January comes around.
Even if a mid-season move doesn’t come off, the Blues are still fairly confident that the former Barcelona man will be re-united with old boss Guardiola at some point within the next 12 months.
From one missed summer target to another, with West Brom defender Jonny Evans claiming that speculation of a move to Manchester City last month only motivated him to become a better player.
The Blues had an initial £18 million bid rejected a few days before the deadline but, despite it being thought that they would submit an improved offer, it all went quiet and a move failed to materialise.
The 29-year-old has admitted that the ongoing rumours of a move away from the Hawthorns never distracted him from his game, but the interest from top-flight sides instead spurred him on.
Talking whilst on international duty, the Guardian relay that Evans said:
“I’m probably playing my best football now and I still think I can push that on. That’s my aim, that’s my drive. The most important thing is I’m pleased none of the speculation has affected me. It’s made me more determined than ever to try to be a better player. I’m happy.
“Manchester City made a bid a month or so ago and that heightened the speculation. That was out in the press. But, leading up to the end of the window, I was calm about everything and I was just trying to get back to being fit for wherever I ended up, so I could be at the top of my game.”
Evans will return to domestic action on the back of an impressive international break with Northern Ireland, scoring in a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic that secured second place and a potential play-off.
Lastly, reports coming from the Telegraph today claim that Manchester City’s Premier League rivals believe the Blues will look to sell Raheem Sterling once boss Pep Guardiola has his ideal team together.
City are currently in the midst of a transition period following a number of summer arrivals, and sources close to the Telegraph allege that the 22-year-old will soon become an outcast and a fringe player.
It is thought that both Arsenal and Chelsea could put themselves in contention for the England international should City look to offload him next summer, with the Gunners in the driving seat.
This surprise report comes a day after Sterling was named City’s Player of the Month for August following his two-goal heroics against Everton and Bournemouth, earning his side four points to start the season.