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Alexis Sanchez Could Fire Manchester City To Glory

Since their high profile ownership transfer in 2008, Manchester City have risen up from relative footballing obscurity to become one of the most talked about club sides on the planet. Players of the quality of Robinho, Carlos Tevez and David Silva have all entered through the Sky Blues’ revolving doors, part of a spending spree which last season finally reaped dividends, as Manchester City qualified for the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League.

Bizarrely, already weeks have flown by this summer without City splashing so much as a penny on a single player; very strange given their constant activity in past windows. However, while in years gone by Mancini has been willing to take a chance on any high profile player available, this year it looks as though he will take a more measured approach, one dictated by a clear plan for the future, and by the potential of bringing in one of the world’s most sought after stars.

While there is no doubt that the players introduced to City have been improvements on teams past, as of yet, no one shining star has come in to dominate the league; the closest that City came to that was Carlos Tevez, but his injury and commitment problems have blemished what would have been a couple terrific seasons for the Argentine. Interestingly, it is another South American who could come to fill that role, Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez seems to be the name on everybody’s lips at the moment and no wonder, he is simply terrific. Blessed with speed, skill and an eye for goal, Sanchez’ play is reminiscent of that of Cristiano Ronaldo; placed in a top class team, I could see him replicating Ronny’s magic in the Premier League.

Competition for his signature is fierce, but if City have real aspirations of claiming Premier League or even Champions League glory, then signing him is an absolute must. All the top teams in Europe have players capable of opening up a game through a moment of individual brilliance, there is Messi at Barca, Ronaldo at Real, Rooney at United… the list goes on. Sanchez could do that for City, he is strong, fast and agile, and would be able to mix it in the rough and tumble world of Premier League football.

Earlier today, a representative of Udinese came out to announce that City are once again in pole position to sign Sanchez, news that will come as a huge blow to the Citizens’ Premier League rivals. If City were to claim Sanchez, then not only would it be beneficial to the team, but it would serve as a clear signal of intent to others around the league, many of whom are chasing Sanchez themselves. Imagine the uproar at Old Trafford, if Fergie were to find out that the noisy neighbors had beaten him to one of the men he saw capable of filling the creative void at United. And just imagine the disappointment at Stamford Bridge, if Andre Villas Boas were to see his first major transfer venture halted by Roberto Mancini.

In Europe too, City would cause quite a fracas. Barcelona seemed dead certain to grab Sanchez’ signature, but they too would find themselves steamrollered by the money bags in Manchester. Next year’s Champions League could be made very interesting indeed if City were to pull off this coup, Sanchez is the type of player capable of unseating the Barcelona monopoly, I think we would all find it refreshing to see the insufferably classy Catalans beaten by a man who had turned them down.

But all that is simply hypothesis, the truth is that Sanchez has not yet signed for City, but wow, if he did it would really put the cat amongst the pigeons…

Editor’s note: Read more by David Yaffe-Bellany @ In For The Hat Trick.

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  1. steve

    June 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    The writer of this article doesn’t appear to know much about Manchester City FC. I had better just leave it at that.

  2. MC

    June 27, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Sanches is dying to go to barca , and i dont they r using Man city as a bait to get more money. No player would join a club with no history in European league and leave Barcelona for money , he is young and not after money. I am 100% sure he is going to barcelona and manchini should be focusing on bringing other players like sergio aguero and pastro who would have a great chem with tevez and might convince tevez to stay since he would have more friends. Man city needs one TOP striker and One top play maker and a good left back+cahil. but too many new players would ruin the chem.

  3. maine

    June 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Fact is Sanchez has stated several times hes not interested in city.


    Is that to you personally he has said that?

    The Daily Mail printed the article about Sanchez not wanting to get on the plane, so following that logic I assume we are also currently surrounded by Eastern European assylum seakers stealing all our jobs and every Muslim is plotting some sort of terrorist attack.

    It was a complete non-story, activity has been quiet on the City front so far and the papers are printing any old drivel to fill the void. Hopefully we’re waiting for the European window to open, so we won’t be wasting any money on over priced, average English players like Cahill and Baines.

    Finally, Elias, pipe down you clown!

    • Scott

      June 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      Thats just a negotiating ploy by Sanchez’s agent. My guess, and I could be wrong, is he will end up at City.

    • MUFC77

      June 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Cant see city going for the likes of Cahill or Baines as neither would really be a upgrade to the current team. Cahill in my opinion while good is the typical “big fish in a very small pond” but like you say he would be stupid money because he English.

      I actually don’t see City being as busy as everyone thinks maybe a 2-3 players max if that.

  4. Josh

    June 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    you lost me at the first paragraph. “silva, tevez and robinho in the revolving door at eastlands” ok. good one. only robinho has come and gone from those players. argument is flawed therefore you are irrelevant.

  5. Ben

    June 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    ‘Fact is Sanchez has stated several times hes not interested in city.Now that doesn’t mean he wont end up at the wastelands because after all money does talk but it still doesn’t change what he said. And before all the little city fans start asking for the link to his statements i’ll simply say you’re fool of crap if you say you haven’t read the same comments from him over the last 6-8 weeks.’

    If you would though, link them for us. As of a few days ago, the Udinese brass said Sanchez hadn’t indicated either way where he wanted to go.

    You couldn’t blame him for choosing Barca over either club in Manchester, but I’m fairly confident Sanchez himself hasn’t said a word.

    • oap fan

      June 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

      It must be terrible for all those world class players at Old Trafford who play for nothing. thought I spotted Rooney selling programs on matchday, to earn a few bob. bit of a nuisance Ferdinand having to run from the bar he works at in corporate to be ready for kick off.

  6. Scott

    June 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Sanchez is a game changer. He could make life very interesting in the Premier League.

  7. Elias

    June 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    i think even if man city signed Sanchez, it is not like sanchez chose to turn down Barcelona’s offers ……. well, we all know that sanchez is dying to sign for Barcelona, and previous reports confirmed that he sees himself in barcelona better than any other place in the world …also he even didnt have to think twice before agreeing to travel to barcelona to finish the process …but there were some complications concerning “jeffren”, as he revealed that he is not willing to leave barcelona ………. Alexis Sanchez is an amazing player and i think he deserves to be in a world class team such as barcelona ….with all do respect to Man City they never created any talents from their own football school ….all they know is money ..and they can buy anything with money ….but i believe a good player knows better than to sell himself to money in stead of glory and fame ……:))))

    • Why?

      June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

      ‘with all do respect to Man City they never created any talents from their own football school’

      Richards, Wright Phillips, Onuoha, Boyata, Hart, Weiss and Michael Johnson to name just a few in recent years, with all due respect you are an idiot!

  8. Cee Bee

    June 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Think your wrong Dave…

    • MUFC77

      June 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Typical City fans in denial again. When something positive is printed in the press they all take it as fact but as soon as something negative is written or a player says he doesn’t want to play for them because he’d rather play for a big club all you here from city fans is “we never put a bid in for him” or “it wasn’t on the official web site”.

      Fact is Sanchez has stated several times hes not interested in city.Now that doesn’t mean he wont end up at the wastelands because after all money does talk but it still doesn’t change what he said. And before all the little city fans start asking for the link to his statements i’ll simply say you’re fool of crap if you say you haven’t read the same comments from him over the last 6-8 weeks.

      “Not arrogant, just better”

      • oap fan

        June 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

        I never believe paper talk of what players have supposed to have said, positive or negative. All newspapers have agendas and bias, it will take years for City to overcome the inbuilt prejudice that certain reporters have for us. We were everybodys’ whipping boys until the new owners arrived, now as is to be expected there is a lot of jealousy about. Now all the reds I know are obsessed with little city, instead of concentrating on their own great club they are constantly sniping at mine. Lets face it all footballers are in it for money, Rooney kept very quiet whilst his agent gave dark hints about City. Of course once he got his new deal he was never coming to us, and those guys outside his house did not think he was also. The only loyalty in football comes from us fans, in my case its 55 years, mostly pain, but these owners are in for the long haul. They will succeed, and hopefully I will then be spared the constant ridicule I have had to put up with for the past forty years off all the red shirt pub watchers in this city

      • Why?

        June 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

        Here we go again the bitter is back with the little digs a City. I’ll tell you what is typical, the shxte tools like you chip in with like this for no reason on anything about City, why is that?.
        By the way Sanchez hasn’t said any thing about not flying to Manchester or not wanting to sign for City this is reported in the gutter press by twxts like you, the only statement I have seen that’s sourced is “Barcelona are ahead of Manchester City, although the player doesn’t really seem to have a preference between the two teams” by Gino Pozzo.

        You should change your sign off to ‘Not better, just bitter’ as you seem to love having a go at City even though you know fuxk all about the team you say you follow.

        • MUFC77

          June 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

          “This is how it feels to be City”

          • Why?

            June 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

            Well that’s brilliant what a come back and how witty???? WTF clown!

      • Owl

        June 27, 2011 at 8:31 am

        “You don’t read all the articles then”

        According to reports Manchester City have been boosted in their quest to land Udinese star Alexis Sanchez.

        The Guardian claims the Chile international has not ruled out a move to Eastlands despite reports in the media suggesting otherwise.

        City have made an opening £25 million bid for the Chilean but Udinese are stubbornly holding out for a better deal, claiming he is worth €50 million.

        Sanchez’s preferred club, Barcelona, are also in the hunt but it is believed they would favour a cash-plus-player deal to reduce the monetary element.

        City are therefore cautiously optimistic that they can land the sought-after winger who is also understood to be interesting their neigbours Manchester United.


  9. Dave

    June 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This article neglects to mention that Sanchez is not keen on a switch to City, he’s already refused to fly to Manchester for personal agreement talks after a £30 mil bid. The Udinese president is talking up City’s bid to further stoke a bidding war between clubs that Sanchez actually wants to go. It’s a slick move on Pozzo’s part, but he’s not going to go to City.

  10. Cityman

    June 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Come!come!mr Alex Sanchez at City.A place to show ur true colour as a young star.Come and have ur 20 goals there!

  11. Jakeey

    June 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    No. He isnt anything like Ronaldo. He is better. His enthusiams is 100x of Ronaldo’s, &when Sanchez is brough down whilst on a powerhouse steam forward, his wiil and desire to get back up straight away and carry on chasing down thhe pitch makes him Twice the player of Ronaldo. He has pure love for the game and is a one of a kind player. An absolute legend in the making!

    • yusshuss

      June 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Errrr,, yeh. I was gonna say that aswell, but ya know.. found something more important that had to be brough to the attention of the people tbh. 😀 😉

    • MUFC77

      June 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Last time i checked Enthusiasm doesn’t win games, goals do. When he can score 50+ goals in la liga or 35+ in the EPL then feel free to make such stupid claims.

      No doubt he’s a quality player but hes not worth the supposed 44m quid his club are asking. When Barca finally sign Cesc id expect them to drop out of the race for Sanchez leaving it to Utd and City to fight it out for his signature for around 30-35m. As good as he is technically id be concerned about paying that much for a unproven south American in the EPL who doesn’t even speak the language, maybe if Tevez had bothered to learn some English he might have had a easier time settling in Manchester for both clubs.

      I’m happy with Utds alleged bid of 27m if we get him great if not no big deal.

      • paxlatin

        June 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        hmmm…Last time I checked, the game is played with your feet. Thus, speaking “the language” as you suggest, has nothing to do with it. Last time I checked, many of the top “foreign” players in the EPL don’t speak the language. Just remember “Tevez”, “Chicharito”, etc.

        Stick to football talk buddy, and leave your “English-only-need-apply” attitude at the door. Just remember all those Brazilian greats that have graced the EPL stage. less than 40% of them spoke “the language”. Even now, Chelsea is courting a 19 year old star…Neymar.. He doesn’t speak a word of English. But his feet speak the “world language”.

        BTW. I’m of South-American descent. Actually, I’m Chilean-American. And i can speak volumes of the “greatness Alexis brings and will continue to derive. And believe me, “the language” will have nothing to do with it ! (as you can tell by now- I do speak the language ).

        • MUFC77

          June 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

          Who said anything about “English-only-need-apply” I simply said as of right now Sanchez doesn’t speak English according to reports, no matter who he signs for in England his lack of english will pose a problem to begin with.

          Its well documented Tevez’s English is poor, i never said anything about his footballing abilities just that IF he took the time to learn English while living and working in ENGLAND the last 5+ years with 3 different teams he might not have had such a hard time living and adapting to a different life style.

          The fact you think Chicharito doesn’t speak English tells me you really don’t know much at all.

          Arnt you just the dogs bolloxs for being Chilean-American, is this supposed to mean you know more than the rest of us about football? Granted this might mean you most likely have seen Sanchez play more often the other people here but that’s about all it means.

        • mike

          June 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

          last time i checked, chicharito’s english was pretty good. might want to have some better examples when trying to make a point.

        • MUFC77

          June 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          “Just remember all those Brazilian greats that have graced the EPL stage. less than 40% of them spoke “the language”

          Please share with us this list of Brazilian greats that have graced the EPl that didn’t speak the language, this should be funny.

    • datboytis

      June 26, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      I watched Sanchez all last year playing for Udinese and for sure he is a great talent, that will only get better he has great balance, pace and the ability to go past players but i think he still lacks a final ball. So even though he is a great prospect he has only had one real good season. So Jakeey stop talking shite you must have got Cristiano Ronaldo mixed up with David White.

  12. yusshuss

    June 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    City’s doors arn’t revolving tbh…

  13. JC

    June 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I think it’s going to come down to where on the pitch he wants to play. I’m assuming he’s a winger if he goes to Man City, central midfielder if he goes to Man United and a forward if he goes to Chelsea.

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