It has now been confirmed by many news outlets that Manchester City is to push for the signature of Alexis Sanches to the very end of the transfer deadline.
PSG had been heavily linked to Sanchez but that has since cooled down following the acquisition of Neymar and the continued intention of PSG to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
Chelsea was also linked to Sanchez towards the tail end of last season and sometimes during the ongoing transfer window, Chelsea are not pushing beyond the rumours in the pages of sports headlines to sign the Arsenal forward.
This leaves Manchester City as the only club after Alexis’s signature.
Pep Guardiola is keen to reunite with the player he signed from Udinese in 2011 for £23m.
Manchester City is reported willing to offer Arsenal £70m for Sanchez who has one year left on his contract and would be free to walk away on a Bosman rule by the end of the season just begun.
There is a saying, everyone has a price, will £70m be enough to tempt Arsenal to hand in their main asset? considering his refusal to sign a new contract and the possibilities of Arsenal losing out on financial terms in another 10 months, Arsenal may think twice before turning down the money.
Alex OXLADE CHAMBERLAIN:
Oxlade Chamberlain is holding a make or break meeting with the Arsenal Hierarchy today 23rd to discuss his future. There were rumours last night 22nd August that he has informed the club ahead of the meeting that he wishes to leave, short of handing in a transfer request.
The offer of £125k per week does not seem to have settled him as he has effectively rejected that offer ahead of the meeting.
Arsenal has in effect not adequately reinforce the team that came short of the top of the table by a whopping 18 points behind Chelsea last year.
The purchase of Andre Lacazette without complimentary players to utilise his strength seems to make Arsenal even weaker than last year. Losing any more key players for whatever price before the window shut would be more damaging to Arsenal on and off the field.
The performance against Stoke if anything is an indication of how much the team need a striker like Alexis to remain, however, the great dilemma is, if he does not truly want to stay, he may be psychologically hampered to perform at a high level.
Arsene Wenger partly would be blamed for the handling of the transfer window, the Arsenal manager is believed to have overall say on who the club buys or sells and how much is paid, going into a season with a weaker team than the last year will not be acceptable to loyal fans, who will now be holding their breath to see if Arsenal sell any of their key players.
If Arsenal sells Alexis or Ox, it is safe to say the time limit left in the window will not be enough to identify and pursue suitable replacement for both or either of them