Various publications this morning suggest that Manchester City are set to make a bid for Alexis Sanchez in January.
Quite why they think they need him right now is anybody’s guess, give their lead at the top of the table, but perhaps the injury to Gabriel Jesus has prompted them to test Arsenal’s resolve over keeping him.
Arsene Wenger has said a number of times that expects the Chilean to stay until the end of his contract, but he also insisted he wouldn’t sell him last summer before trying to do just that at the end of the transfer window.
Arsenal failed to seal a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, meaning Sanchez had to stay, but it showed that the club’s position was nowhere near as fixed as they said it was.
The well informed James Olley in the Evening Standard suggests a bid of £40m would tempt the Gunners into a sale, but even a club with pockets as deep as City would find it hard to justify that kind of outlay on a player they could sign for free in the summer.
His departure could also only be justified if there was a quality replacement lined up, because even though his season has been below his best, he’s our joint leader scorer and second leading assist maker.
Of course much of what happens in January is speculation, so we’ll wait and see what happens, but as with everything else at Arsenal right now, nothing would be a surprise.