Manchester City unwilling to splash £35m on Alexis Sanchez

Barkley joined Chelsea for £15 million last week

Barkley joined Chelsea for £15 million last week

Meanwhile, Sanchez is 29 but does offer a stronger guarantee of match-winning displays than a player who is still more potential than end product. In that position, Sanchez is able to roam in between channels and create in the final third. The Chilean has never won the Premier League and by switching to the Etihad Stadium he is all-but guaranteeing himself a winner's medal in May.

"The word we can find to be speaking about players of other clubs".

City have been favourites to sign Sanchez since failing with a £60million deadline day bid last August.

"I feel I shouldn't say much more than this". If he wants to cap a brilliant career with a late flourish of success, City are his best bet.

"The date for him to be back in training is around the end of January or the beginning of February, so let's hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible". I think Sanchez provides the quality, the goals and the world-class ability he has got.

Alexis Sanchez will chose Man United over Man City because he 'can't wait to be converted into a right-back' by Jose Mourinho. Not at the back, in midfield or up front. They are the runaway leaders of the Premier League, he would be guaranteed a title medal.

That would be different at Old Trafford.

Quizzed on whether selecting Iwobi sent a mixed message on team discipline, Wenger said, "There's one thing to punish someone individually and a second thing to punish everybody".

He's a good player but at the moment nothing is happening there.

City have indicated a willingness to pay £20m for Sánchez but Manchester United are now attempting to hijack the deal.

Caretaker Eddie Niedzwiecki is currently in charge at Stoke following the sacking of Mark Hughes but Mourinho does not see the situation as a big advantage for United.

Sanchez's future looks set to grip the January transfer window.

The Arsenal boss confirmed that the club would be in the market for a replacement, should Sanchez leave in January.

Guardiola's side can, of course, secure Sanchez for free in the summer as his contract comes to an end. "[His recent form] is not necessarily linked with the length of his contract".

But the Frenchman found an opportunity of his own and jumped on it - leaving a little message for Sanchez.

London has its charms, though, compared to Manchester.

Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, the 20-year-old signed last week from PAS Giannina, was on the bench.

For City, he would be just the latest luxury item in Guardiola's considerable attacking armoury.

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