Arsene Wenger will attempt to save face with the mishandling of Alexis Sanchez’s future at the club by targeting Raheem Sterling when the transfer window reopens in January.
Wenger will be looking towards the in-form Sterling in a part-exchange deal for Sanchez. Arsenal tried to sign Sterling back in August but Pep Guardiola blocked the move from materialising.
However, according to the Daily Mail, City boss Guardiola will return in January to persuade Sanchez away from the Emirates. Sanchez will become a free agent in the summer and Wenger will want to sanction some sort of compensation to stop him leaving for free.
Sterling has had a blistering start, already netting 10 goals in 15 games this season, enjoying his best start to any season. Guardiola’s managerial ability has allowed him to improve the prolific side of Sterling’s game, and Spanish manager will be apprehensive about letting Arsenal reap what he has meticulously sowed.
Though Arsenal’s chase for the England starlet might lead to a dead end, as The Sun is reporting that City will reward Sterling for his productive start to the season by offering him a new £200,000-a-week deal.
Wenger’s pursuit of the Englishmen was been given more traction after recently ending interest in signing Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Lemar was highly sort after by Wenger during the summer transfer window but after a tiresome ‘will he, won’t he’ saga that reportedly culminated in a last minute £90m offer on deadline day, Lemar chose to remain at Monaco.
The Daily Mail have reported that Barcelona are now ready to enter the race for Lemar, prompting Arsenal to back away from services of the Frenchmen.
Wenger now seeks alternatives as he steels prepares for the possibility of his wantaway star, Sanchez, leaving in January.
With City preparing to play hardball with Sterling, Wenger will also look towards Lyon’s Nabil Fekir as a potential replacement for Sanchez.