Reports: Arsenal reject Raheem Sterling, want superstar in exchange for Alexis Sanchez
What's the story?
Arsenal's fortunes seem to be going from bad to worse after their 5th placed finish last season in the English Premier League. Despite winning the FA Cup, the Gunners crashed and burned in the league and are keen to bolster their side ahead of their new campaign.
With Manchester City lurking for the 28-year old, Arsenal are worried about the lack of time they have to find a replacement, and are now angling to procure a player in return for their talisman. Latest reports from the Daily Express suggest that Arsenal are keen on a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, with Sergio Aguero going the other way.
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Earlier today, reports emerging from Europe seemed to suggest that Manchester City were mulling over a player plus cash deal for Sanchez, with Raheem Sterling understood to be the player in question.
However, Arsenal have reportedly rejected the offer, demanding Sergio Aguero as makeweight instead.
The heart of the matter
Arsenal have had an absolutely torrid summer, with their top players refusing to sign contract extensions, with Alexis Sanchez being the most prominent. The Chilean has categorically expressed his desire to play Champions League football by moving to a different club.
He has entered the final year on his contract at Arsenal and could walk away for free next summer. Manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be inclined towards circumventing the situation by getting rid of Sanchez in the next few days.
Manchester City have been linked with the player throughout the summer window. Arsenal have remained adamant in their wish to retain the Chilean, but could be tempted to allow him to leave, if they can procure an able replacement in exchange.
Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero's importance at Manchester City seems be fading, with manager Pep Guardiola choosing to leave the Argentinian on the bench in favour of new recruit Gabriel Jesus for their tie against Bournemouth last weekend.
On the other hand, Arsenal are in dire need of an attacking player and will definitely be able to provide Aguero with uncontested first team football. Arsenal's devout fans have been knocked into a frenzy, and seem to be demanding that the Gunners bring Aguero to the Emirates.
Aguero is, by far, one of the most feared strikers in world football. His penchant of scoring goals on a consistent basis has saved Manchester City many a time. Barring the fact that Aguero is incessantly plagued by injuries, he is, perhaps, the best player Arsenal can get at the moment.
The very thought of Aguero trampling over defences dressed in an Arsenal jersey is bound to send shivers down the spine of any defender.
Will Arsene Wenger be able pull off this brainwave of a coup? That is the real question.