Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Citizens as the January transfer window heats up
Wenger expects Alexis resolution within 48 hours
Arsene Wenger expects Alexis Sanchez’s future to be resolved within the next 48 hours.
The Chile international is wanted by both Manchester City and Manchester United, but a bid has yet to be officially accepted by the Gunners.
Speaking after Arsenal lost 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday, Wenger said: “It will be decided in the next 48 hours. It was difficult for him because he was on standby a little bit.”
No Alexis in Arsenal squad as January exit looms
Alexis Sanchez didn’t travel with the Arsenal squad to Bournemouth and won’t feature in Sunday’s Premier League match, Goal has learned.
The 29-year-old is subject of a transfer tussle between Manchester United and Manchester City this month, with Pep Guardiola’s side refusing to budge on their £25 million offer for the Chilean.
De Bruyne drops future hint
Kevin De Bruyne has hinted that he will be signing a new contract at Manchester City, stating that he has “no feeling to go anywhere else”.
The Belgium international remains locked in talks with the Premier League leaders, but could be close to putting pen to paper.
‘Alexis should snub Utd and join City’
Alexis Sanchez should snub interest from Manchester United and link up with City instead, says former Old Trafford favourite Rio Ferdinand.
The Arsenal forward finds himself at a transfer tug-of-war between two fierce rivals, with a shock scramble for his signature having been sparked.
Ferdinand has told BT Sport on the saga: “If he has an option now to go from Arsenal to Manchester City or Manchester United, as a footballer who wanted to win trophies and be judged on trophies, Manchester City looks like the place to go.”
Liverpool enter chase for Alexis
Liverpool are ready to battle Manchester United and City for the signature of Alexis Sanchez, reports the Mirror .
The Chilean’s future has become increasingly unclear in January, with United muscling in on a player who seemed destined for the Etihad Stadium.
And now the Reds are prepared to spend a portion of the massive fee earned on Philippe Coutinho’s sale to clinch the Arsenal forward.
City want Lille midfielder
Manchester City are keeping tabs on promising young midfielder Boubakary Soumare of Lille, reports The Daily Mail .
The 18-year-old left PSG in the summer looking for more playing time, and City see him as a potential replacement for Yaya Toure.
Lille are facing financial troubles and may be forced to offload some of their players, including the talented youngster.
Mou drops Alexis hint
Jose Mourinho has hinted at a possible swoop for Alexis Sanchez, saying that Manchester United had no plans on signing players this winter but that sometimes chances pop up that can’t be ignored.
“If there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens.”
Alexis to earn far more at Man United than City
Alexis Sanchez will earn up to £60,000-a-week more if he opts for Manchester United over rivals City, claims the Sun .
Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of his former Barcelona charge, but is only willing to go as high as a £20 million fee and £290,000-a-week for his services.
Not only will United gazump their neighbours by some £10m, but they are also prepared to offer as much as £350,000-a-week to land the Arsenal star in January.
Alexis’ family arrive in London ahead of Arsenal exit
The family of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez have arrived in London ahead of the Chile international’s expected departure from the club, Goal can reveal.
Manchester City still lead the way in terms of capturing the former Barcelona ace, but Man United carry an interest too.
‘Mourinho risks Alexis custard pie’
Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.
The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports : “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’. Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United.”
Man City make Fred bid
Manchester City have made a £45 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, according to the Manchester Evening News .
The Brazilian has been identified by Pep Guardiola as the long-term successor to Fernandinho in midfield, although he may face competition from rivals United.