Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side continue their march towards the Premier League title following a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men broke Arsenal’s record of 14 successive top-flight victories with number 15 against Swansea City on Wednesday night, and they made light work of Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs on Saturday evening, a side that finished eight points clear of the Citizens last season. A brace from Raheem Sterling as well as strikes from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne sealed a comprehensive victory for the hosts, with a late Christian Eriksen effort nothing more than a consolation for a Tottenham side completely outplayed at the Etihad on Saturday.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve in the second half of the season, both domestically and in Europe.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has turned down a big money move to China in a bid to move to City.
And if it wasn’t likely enough that the 28-year-old would make the move to the Etihad Stadium next year, it surely is now given that one of the few destinations that could prize the Chile international away financially have been rejected.
Ultimately, Sanchez isn’t going to be at Arsenal beyond the summer at the very latest, what with his contract up at the end of the campaign, and it almost certain that a new deal will not be agreed between him and the Gunners.
That leaves Arsene Wenger’s side in somewhat of a quandary – they unsurprisingly don’t want to sell to a rival like City, but may seek to cash in on the 28-year-old in a bid to recoup a sizable amount of the £35 million they spent on him back in 2014, or lose him for nothing next summer, in which the club would be helpless if he wants to sign for City.
And based on his recent performances, getting rid of the forward could be the best option, as his efforts simply haven’t been up to scratch in the last few weeks, with a return of four Premier League goals this term a far cry away from the man who bagged 30 times in all competitions last season.
And with City possessing the financial power to pay Sanchez the wages he feels he deserves, as well as their status as currently the best team in the country and well set for silverware on domestic and European stages, a move to the Etihad Stadium would interest any player, not least one as good as the Chilean.
And rejecting a move to China is another clear indication that his mind is firmly on moving to City, and with Guardiola reportedly interested in a reunion following their successful time together at Barcelona, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Gunners ace, who has scored 77 goals during his time with the Gunners, will move to City next year.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!