Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is at the very top of many Manchester City fans’ wishlists for the upcoming summer. He’s quick, hard-working, and has a fantastic technical ability. Sanchez is capable of playing on the wing, or as a striker, his exceptional talent in both positions has seen him score 24 league goals this season.
It is a testament to the 28-year-old’s ability that the only reason why some fans don’t him is the claim that City already got enough quality attackers.
Sanchez’ consistently brilliant performances in the last few seasons have seen him stand out, not only in an underwhelming Arsenal side but also in a Barcelona team that was managed, for one season, by Pep Guardiola.
Because of his experience under Pep, and the fact that the Spaniard has the extensive financial backing of Sheikh Mansour, the frequency of rumours regarding Sanchez and a move to City has been increasing over the last few months.
Arsenal’s 5th place finish means they will miss out on Champions League football for the upcoming season, and rumours of Alexis’ dissatisfaction in London have become increasingly potent as a result.
However, there is still a strong possibility that the rumoured swoop for the Chilean is not on the cards. Whether Arsene Wenger’s attachment and supposed reliance on his centrepiece forward are too strong, or whether Pep’s former club Bayern Munich is his chosen destination, the media speculation of a move to City could well be misleading.
If this is the case, and City miss out on Sanchez, there are numerous possible replacements for the forward that can help improve City’s dangerous but complacent attacking lineup – here are five of the best that would thrive under Guardiola.