With Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City rumours gathering rapid pace; there’s little denying his signing will be crucial to Pep Guardiola’s assault on the quadruple next season.
Sanchez would aid the club’s attack not only a Premier League and Champions League, but also the domestic cups -which all seem to be on the chairman’s wish list for this upcoming season.
Last season’s disappointing top four battle – rather than expected title challenge – was deemed a failure for Guardiola and City, however, with seriously strong financial backing in the summer transfer window, the club intend to forget the struggles of Guardiola’s debut campaign.
Sanchez worked with Guardiola before at Barcelona (between 2011-2012) the player knows what is required in Pep Guardiola system. On the contrary for Guardiola, having a world-class player at his disposal to start and rotate with – along with the already formidable attacking talent – is something Guardiola is keen on as he often cited missed chances for much of City’s downfalls last season.
Pep Guardiola is keen to rebuild his squad with two world-class players in each position and Sanchez – whom can operate anywhere across the attacking three positions – fits the bill with his eye for goal, creativity and non-stop pressing.
Where would he play?
City have offended been described in previous seasons as having great squad depth but last season that wasn’t the case. Various times throughout the campaign, City needed a fresh pair of legs, but the options on the bench weren’t exactly mouth watering.
Without disrespecting to Jesus Navas or Nolito to name a few, they are not world class players or game changers like Sanchez. Regardless of whether it’s off the bench, or if he Sanchez was starting in a wide position, City would have a Leroy Sanè or Raheem Sterling to come on and change the game.
Signing the Chile international would mean having real squad depth and game changers off the bench, unlike last season. Guardiola would have an enormous headache when it comes to selecting an eleven to start weekly, but it’s not too different a situation that all the big sides like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich contend with every season.
A world-class manager like Pep Guardiola will know how to deal with having had to juggle big players and egos during his tenures at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
If City were indeed to landed Sanchez it would strike fear into the rest of world football and show that Manchester City mean business. Backing Guardiola would ultimately bring success and trophies back to Manchester City and the Etihad Stadium – something lacking in recent seasons.
With Arsene Wenger playlist hardball and Sanchez away at the Confederations Cup, City supporters can expect this potential transfer saga to have many more twists and turns before the season starts.