Manchester City transfer news: Arsenal preparing for life without Sanchez, interest in Umtiti and more, 4th January 2018
Wenger not hopeful of Sanchez stay
Alexis Sanchez is in the last 6 months of his Arsenal contract and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems to be preparing for life without the Chilean but he is still trying to persuade him to stay at the club. Wenger pointed out that he Sanchez has not left Emirates yet so there is a hope he can stay.
He reminded the fans that Arsenal has lost many players in the past and has done well to cope up with the loss. “This club has lost many, many big players and has always responded well. Massive players have left this club and the club will always be in a strong position. You want to keep your best players."
City to avoid signing Barca centre-back?
Samuel Umtiti just has a €60 million release clause on his contract. There were rumours that Manchester City might look to meet release clause.
But according to the Mundo Deportivo, Manchester City will resist the temptation to bid for Umititi as they don't want to ruin their relations with Barcelona. The report further said that Pep would not like to raid a club where he is a cult hero.
Inigo Martinez will only move if City match his release clause
Inigo Martinez is one of the most accomplished defenders in the La Liga. Manchester City are looking to sign a centre-back in the January transfer window as a cover for Kompany and Stones.
According to the TalkSport, Real Sociedad are not willing to negotiate with Manchester City and the Premier League leaders would have to pay his release clause in order to get their man. The 26-year-old has a €28.4 million release clause in his contract.
City confident of signing Jonny Evans
The Northern Ireland international defender is in the last 18 months of his contract. The Baggies are reportedly going to offer him a contract of 100,000 pounds per week, but if he rejects that, they would have to sell him.
According to the ESPN, Manchester City are confident of getting their man in the January window. The experience of the former United defender can prove to be very useful in the business end of the season.