Since Abu Dhabi United Group’s famous takeover in 2008 Manchester City have become one of the biggest and wealthiest clubs in the world, attracting world-class players and having the money to buy them.
The club have become one of the world’s biggest spenders in the past couple of seasons and have already spent over £200million on five new players this summer. The ongoing summer saga, though, are the rumours of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez making the switch to the Etihad Stadium.
But for once, Pep Guardiola should put away the cheque book and abandon his Chilean chase.
The 28-year-old forward is currently being pursued by Europe’s elite as he has one year remaining on his Gunners contract and has shown no signs of agreeing a new one. Sanchez, who worked under Guardiola at Barcelona, is one of the Premier League’s best attackers – scoring 30 goals and assisting 19 in 51 total appearances last year – so it is no surprise that he is so highly coveted.
Arsene Wenger has said multiple times this summer that his best player is going nowhere but if he does leave, Manchester City shouldn’t be his destination.
The Sky Blues already have a wealth of talented attackers at their disposal and while Alexis certainly wouldn’t struggle to claim a starting place, Pep should stick with the stars already at his club.
Alexis excelled as a centre forward last season and that position is already taken up by Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus at City. The Chilean can also star as a winger, but Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and £43.5 million new-boy Bernardo Silva is a dangerous triumvirate as it is.
If Patrick Roberts stays with the club, he would add more firepower on City’s wings, all without having to spend big on Sanchez.
The Chilean also has gotten used to being the main man over the past three seasons at the Emirates, and he definitely wouldn’t have that role at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are the playmakers for the Sky Blues and Bernardo Silva also fits that bill, even though he will likely be on the wing most of this season.
Although Sanchez’ talents certainly fit with the City squad, there is no clear role for him unless Pep surprisingly sells one of the aforementioned players.
Alexis Sanchez is an appealing potential transfer for any club because of his sheer talent and drive to win, but Manchester City shouldn’t be trying to bring him in. His addition would create a cluster of extremely talented attackers who all want to play but have limited time on the pitch.
The 28-year old certainly isn’t a ‘must-have’ player for Pep’s squad and thus the club should be looking to spend its money elsewhere, or maybe just stick with the quality squad already there.