Manchester City linked with surprise move for Manchester United flop

Alexis Sanchez, Inter Milan (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)
Alexis Sanchez, Inter Milan (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images) /

Apparently Manchester City aren’t done with Alexis Sanchez yet…

The Chilean winger was famously part of a bidding war between Manchester City and cross-town rivals Manchester United in January 2018, when Arsenal were looking to sell Sanchez before his contract expired.

He ended up moving to United, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way. The deal will go down as one of the worst transfers in Premier League history. Sanchez looked like a shadow of the player he was at the Emirates, and Mkhitaryan didn’t fare much better either.

Both players were shipped on loan to the Serie A last summer, with Sanchez joining Inter Milan and Mkhitaryan joining Roma.

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Sanchez has done marginally better at Inter, providing 8 assists and scoring 3 goals. His future is still up in the air though, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season. It’s still not clear whether Inter are considering an extension.

United’s recent revival means that they wouldn’t have much use for the 31-year-old if he returned to Old Trafford ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, with Jadon Sancho being strongly linked to the club.

And now, according to reports in Chile, Manchester City are back in for him.

Pep Guardiola will be without Leroy Sane next season, with the German completing a long-anticipated move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Recent transfer rumors have linked City with a host of center backs after some poor defensive performances this season, but it looks like they are also keen to recruit a winger.

The interest in an ageing player like Sanchez seems to indicate that City are looking for a stop-gap solution. If the former Barca star can find the form that made him one of the best wingers in England a few years ago, it might be an investment worth making.

United also appear to be keen to get rid of Sanchez’s humongous £400,000-per-week off their wage bill, but only in a permanent deal.

The £17 million fee being quoted could rule out a move to Inter, but the fee shouldn’t be a problem for City.

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The accuracy of the rumor is questionable, and answers might be forthcoming only after the conclusion of the Serie A season in a couple of weeks.