Transfer news: Manchester City seeks Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly made a personal phone call to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez’ in a bid to lure the Chilean away from the the Emirates.

According to Chilean publication El Mercurio, Pep Guardiola made a personal call to the former Barcelona man who hit a hat-trick to inspire the Gunners to a 5-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday in a bid to convince the Arsenal star to join him at Manchester City.

Sanchez has been in discussions to extend his stay at the Emirates, with his current deal running out in 2018. The report details how Pep has spoken with the player on at least two occasions with a view to signing the 27-year-old.

It is a tactic that the former Bayern coach used to convince Claudio Bravo to join him and replace Joe Hart in goal, according to the report.

Sanchez has been in blistering form for Arsene Wenger’s side this term after being shifted into a centre-forward role.

Sanchez who since his departure from Camp Nou in 2014 won the FA Cup with the Gunners and also inspired Chile to two Copa America triumphs has now scored 11 league goals already this term, to tie Diego Costa for the league top goal scorer and has amassed a further five assists.

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