Arsenal transfer news: Teammates sure of Sanchez departure in January, Giroud opens up on Everton move and more - 10th October 2017
Alexis Sanchez is set to join Manchester City in January
Sanchez's team-mates at Arsenal are sure of the Chilean completing his much-anticipated move to Manchester City in January, as per The Telegraph. The 28-year old almost joined Pep Guardiola's side but for Arsenal failing to land his replacement, Thomas Lemar, from AS Monaco.
The players reportedly believe that having a wantaway player has a negative effect on the squad and believe the player will be granted his wish to join City in January.
Manchester City bid £60 million for the forward in the summer and will definitely be back for Sanchez in January. Further, the player is in the final year of his contract and the Gunners can receive a transfer fee in January if they sell him.
Olivier Giroud almost joined Everton in the summer
The French international fell down the pecking order with the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and rumours rumbled all over the summer on Giroud's departure. Ronald Koeman wanted to bring the 31-year old to Everton among many interested clubs.
Giroud eventually decided to stay and fight for his place and is yet to become a starter for Arsene Wenger this season. The striker finally opened up about the situation to Canal Plus:
"I had the opportunity to leave. I was very close to another English club – Everton. But I think I made the best choice."
The upcoming January will prove to be crucial as competition for places heats up at France with the World Cup in June. It remains to be seen whether the player decides to stay with limited game-time.
Arsenal want Hirving Lozano in January
The PSV winger joined in the summer and already became the first player to score in his first three appearances for the club, picking Dutch Player of the Month award for August in the process.
The 22-year old is on a hot streak for the Dutch club and Arsenal's chief scout, Steve Rowley, is keeping tabs on the player, as per the Daily Mail. Arsenal believe a £20 million bid will be enough to secure the Mexican's services.
As the chances of Sanchez leaving in January continue to increase, Lozano could prove to be a long-term replacement for the Chilean.