Manchester City are willing to help Arsenal with Alexis Sanchez
The idea that Manchester City may be the club to deliver Arsenal from their biggest transfer headache is pretty surprising to most people. Yet, that’s just what Pep Guardiola is willing to do for Arsene Wenger and his club.
Reports from England claim that City are open to a potential swap deal that would send Sergio Aguero to North London in exchange for Alexis Sanchez. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, the Chilean has been locked in tense contract talks with Arsenal officials for months. With just one season left on his current deal, Wenger and company know they must either sell him or sign him to a new contract this summer.
In sharp contrast, Aguero is signed to a contract at City that runs through 2020. The only problem is he isn’t his manager’s first choice striker. That honor goes to Gabriel Jesus. It’s very likely that Guardiola will bring in even more talent at the striker position this summer. That could leave Aguero on the fringes of his roster.
All of those unique circumstances make this high-profile transfer swap possible. If Aguero were to move to Arsenal he’d unquestionably be in Wenger’s lineup every week. With all due respect to Olivier Giroud, there’s no comparison between he and the Argentine attacker. Aguero would also be an excellent fit for the style of play that Wenger expects from his squad.
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Sanchez moving in the other direction makes a lot of sense too. His biggest issue with his current club is the lack of talent around him. City are expected to make huge transfer this summer to upgrade their already star-studded roster. Alexis would likely perceive a lot more of his teammates at City as equals than he does at Arsenal.
I must admit that transfer swaps like these almost never happen. In particular, the odds are against this because both clubs would face huge scrutiny after such a move. If either squad were able to use their newly acquired star to lift them to new heights, the other club would be roundly criticised by fans and pundits alike. There’s a lot to risk.
Stranger things have happened during summer transfer windows, but not very many. Swapping Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez would help both Manchester City and Arsenal, but don’t expect either club to have enough nerve to pull the trigger.