Exciting Chile winger be the answer to the Premier League champions’ prayers at the Etihad next season.
Manchester City eye big-money summer deal for unsettled Barca winger Alexis Sanchez.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has a busy few months ahead of him – that is if the Italian is still in a job at Eastlands to prepare for next season.
The top-flight title holders have endured a miserable defence of their Premier League crown this season, a fact Mancini puts down to a failed transfer strategy by the club’s hierarchy at the beginning of this campaign.
Mancini had asked previous director of football Brian Marwood for the likes of Javi Martinez and Robin van Persie last summer, only to be given Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell instead, and he is adamant that had City secured the targets he had requested, then the club would not now be trailing city-rivals Manchester United in the league.
And one player Mancini is desperate to bring to the Etihad stadium then when the transfer window reopens at the end of this season is unsettled Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, a player who has struggled badly for the Catalan giants since arriving at Camp Nou for £25 million from Serie A outfit Udinese two years ago.
In fact, the 24-year-old has played just the 46 matches for Barca in the intervening period, scoring only 14 goals in the process, although many of those appearances have been as an impact substitute from the bench with the Spaniards seemingly not entirely trusting of the wide man’s abilities.
Of course, not starting a match for Tito Vilanova’s side is not exactly a firm indication of a player’s lack of ability, and more a reflection of the strength of players that Alexis has in front of him in the first-team queue. Quality alternatives such as Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez, Cristian Tello and a certain Lionel Messi can all play in his position.
In actual fact then, Mancini would be signing a player with genuine quality who would provide real, and much-needed, width to the City midfield next season. Alexis Sanchez is a winger with an eye for goal too, as 20 strikes in only 95 appearances while with Udinese in Italy proves.
Of course, he would not come cheap, with the Daily Mail suggesting a cost of £25m, but Alexis would be an excellent addition to the City team.