According to reports this morning, Man City have offered a cash plus player deal involving Raheem Sterling as they intensify their efforts to sign Alexis Sanchez.
Their interest in the Chilean forward has been reported throughout this summer, and although a concrete bid had yet to be made, it seems Pep Guardiola has made his move.
Quite how much cash is on offer is unclear but given how the value of Sterling has plummeted over the last few months it would want to be substantial (we’re here all week, try the veal)!
In seriousness though, it sounds fanciful. Sterling’s agent is Aidy Ward, who is also the agent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal have had difficulties dealing with him with regards a new contract for the Ox, so the idea of getting involved in another negotiation appears unlikely.
Not to mention the fact that Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the brink of a £35m move to Chelsea.
As well as that, Sterling left Liverpool saying, “You want to make sure you are playing at the highest level,” and as much as we love Arsenal, you could understand if he were reluctant to make the move down south – especially with things the way they are right now.
It’s also being suggested that Sanchez has asked for permission to leave Chile’s training camp for 24 hours to sort out his future.
Still, this transfer window has been bonkers in general, and you wouldn’t put anything past this club of ours, so let’s see what happens between now and the close of the window on Thursday night.
Update: It has emerged that Arsenal are the ones who proposed the inclusion of Sterling in any deal.