Man City Finalise Deal for Arsenal Star – Reports
Manchester City have finalised a deal to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez, according to reports in the player’s homeland of Chile.
The forward has been strongly linked with a move to the Citizens this summer and many Gunners fans have been fearing that Sánchez will be leaving the Emirates before the start of next season.
Having failed to sustain any serious Premier League title challenge during his three years at the club, and missing out on next season’s UEFA Champions League, the 28-year-old has not put pen to paper on a new deal with his current contract which is due to expire next summer.
As a result Arsenal are expected to cash in on the former-Barcelona forward this summer, having been a star in North London for each of his three seasons.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich were also linked with a move for the Chilean international but it appears Manchester City are set to win the battle.
Chilean journalist Fernando Solabarrieta has claimed that his fellow countryman is about to join Pep Guardiola’s side. Chilean outlet Ferplei are reporting on Solabarrieta’s comments and saying:
“After so much speculation about the future of the national team striker, finally everything seems to indicate that his new destiny will continue tied to England and in a picture of an old acquaintance, the Manchester City of Josep Guardiola.“
Alexis Sánchez is currently away on international duty as Chile prepare for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia which begins next Saturday.
Manchester City have had a bit of a reputation for signing players from Arsenal over the past few years – Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Touré in 2009, Gaël Clichy and Samir Nasri in 2011, and Bacary Sagna in 2014.
Sánchez scored 30 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions this past season, including the opener in their 2-1 FA Cup final victory over rivals Chelsea last month.
He has scored 53 goals in only 103 Premier League appearances for the Gunners following his £31.7 million move from La Liga giants Barcelona back in 2014.