Alexis Sanchez looks as if he will finally become a Manchester City player the coming weeks after months of speculation linking him with a move to the Etihad.
A sensational £60 million deal for the Chilean fell through on deadline day during the summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger not keen on letting his prized asset go ahead of the new season.
However with Sanchez out of contract in the summer, it appears a deal will be reached in the coming weeks – and much to City’s delight, it is likely to be significantly cheaper: somewhere in the region of around £25-35 million.
Sanchez is without doubt a world class edition to Pep Guardiola’s already impressive squad at The Etihad, and his credentials cannot be doubted, but one question remains – where exactly will he fit in?
Pep Guardiola’s side are a huge 15 points clear at the top of the table, and are breaking Premier League records on their march to an inevitable third title for the club in the last decade.
What has caught the eye the most however, is City’s attack.
Labelled ‘Shark Team’ by defender Benjamin Mendy, the description is apt. City’s front line of Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and either Sergio Aguero/Gabriel Jesus, having quite literally, been eating teams alive.
The four of them combined have managed a quite astonishing 55 goals in all competitions so far this season.
Arsenal in all competitions this season have managed only 72. Sanchez has managed just 8. That’s less than all four of City’s phenomenal front four. Aguero and Sterling have more than double that amount with 18 each. Gabriel Jesus has 10, while Leroy Sane has 9.
That shouldn’t take away from Sanchez’s credentials however, as over the past three seasons the Chile international has been one of the Premier League’s most outstanding players – despite being in a struggling Arsenal team.
80 goals in 165 appearances is impressive reading.
However, this season, Sanchez has been less shark and more flounder-fish – so where does he fall in City’s all-devouring, ferocious front line?