This is the one signing that could propel Pep Guardiola to English glory
What’s the story?
What Pep Guardiola wants, Pep Guardiola gets. Over the past decade, the Catalan superstar-coach has gotten whatever, and whoever, he has wanted for Barcelona, Bayern Munich, or Manchester City.
So, when Arsenal are holding out over Alexis Sanchez, where most people would give up, Guardiola and his entourage merely step up the ante. After their last bid (around $65 million) was rejected by the London club, the good folk at the Sun are reporting that Manchester City have put in a massive $91 million.
In case you didn’t know
Alexis Sanchez, of course, famously played for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona where he spent three years, scoring 47 times in 141 games. It’s after his move to Arsenal, though, that the Chilean has stepped up a level to make it to the Tier-1 table (borrowing from a famous Pep quote) of the footballing world.
In 146 games for the Gunners, he’s scored 72 goals, becoming the undisputed talisman of the London club
The heart of the matter
Guardiola’s signings this season have all been focused on the defence – with the signings of Kyle Walker, Danilo, and Benjamin Mendy grabbing the headlines – and this is his first move towards signing a genuine A-grade superstar up top for the Citizens.
With his apparent lack of faith in Sergio Aguero set to continue – Sanchez would add the necessary experience to an attack that is scary, yet slightly inexperienced when it comes to mounting a serious challenge.
Alexis Sanchez is a world – class player, and if he does stay back at Arsenal, he’s professional enough to still give his absolute 100%, but there’s always the risk that the negativity that his body language and frequent tantrums bring to the team could prove more harmful than the positivity that his skills would bring on the field.
It’s evident that Sanchez wants to leave and by keeping him, Wenger runs the risk of having a loose cannon in his side; one that he simply can’t control.
As for Guardiola., he’d be getting a player he knows – and trusts – to be able to do a job; a good one at that; and he’d take City’s attack to the levels that their fans, and owners, want to see.