Kevin De Bruyne is hoping to welcome Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City, in a deal he feels will already add to a perfect transfer window for the club.
Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of the wantaway Arsenal forward has been one of the sagas of the summer, with a latest offer of £50million being rejected by the Emirates Stadium club on Tuesday evening. It is widely expected that the Blues aren’t ready to accept defeat just yet, though, despite the window closing in just over 24 hours.
As much as Arsene Wenger has maintained his stance that Sanchez is not for sale at any price, this seems to be softening somewhat. It has been widely reported that the Gunners are prepared to do business and let the 28-year-old leave, but only for a sizeable bid and if England international Raheem Sterling is also included in the deal.
It now remains to be seen if City will meet this demand or if they will try once more with a straight-cash bid, but time is no longer on their side. De Bruyne, meanwhile, is already impressed with his club’s business in the transfer window, but the Belgium international certainly feels there remains room for a player of Sanchez’s quality.
“He’s a very good player, obviously but I don’t know what’s happening about the other transfers,” the midfielder told Sky Sports when asked about Sanchez. “I think City is doing the business perfectly this summer and if they want him they will try everything to get him. And if he comes to us that’s a good addition.”
City have spent over £200million on their squad since the end of last season. This includes outlays on three fullbacks; Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur, £54m), Benjamin Mendy (Monaco, £52m), and Danilo (Real Madrid, £27m). Goalkeeper Ederson has joined from Benfica for £35m, playmaker Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43m, and young Douglas Luiz from Vasco da Gama for £10.7m.