Alexis Sanchez: Manchester City want Arsenal forward before deadline

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Manchester City want to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The Chile international hit 24 Premier League goals for Arsene Wenger’s side last season but is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

Manager Pep Guardiola is understood to want to bring in Sanchez, 28, as a straight purchase.

However, any deal could leave Raheem Sterling’s future at City in doubt.

The 22-year-old England international has featured in all three of City’s opening games.

But he is not guaranteed a starting role at the Etihad following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.

BBC Sport understands Sterling would be interested in making a move back to London, should Arsenal want to make him part of the Sanchez deal.

No formal approach has been made for Sanchez – though that is expected to happen soon.

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