Sky Sports presenter, Jeff Stelling, has pointed out that Liverpool could enter the race to sign Alexis Sanchez if they get over £100m from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.
Stelling believes that it’s a possibility that Liverpool could replace Coutinho with Alexis if the Brazilian goes to Barcelona for over £100m.
“If they go out and get £100m plus for Coutinho, they can go out and get Alexis Sanchez for less than half the price for all likelihood,” Stelling said on Sky Sports’ The Verdict show, via the Express.
While Liverpool claim that Coutinho isn’t for sale, Barca are said to be willing to pay £118m for the attacking midfielder. However, with the transfer window closing on Thursday night, the Catalan giants haven’t exactly got time on their side.
The Merseyside club could indeed then spend half that fee on Alexis. In theory. However, reports claim that the Gunners won’t even consider allowing the 28-year-old to leave for anything lower than £70m. Liverpool would have that money, it just depends whether they’d be willing to spend it.
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Meanwhile, Manchester City are allegedly edging closer to making a bid for Alexis.
The Gunners deny that any ‘formal’ bid has been made, which suggests that contact has been made but nothing has been agreed.
City are said to be willing to offer Raheem Sterling plus £20m to reunite the forward with his former Barca manager, Pep Guardiola. However, unless they make a big offer now, it’s reportedly unlikely that Arsenal will sanction a move.