Manchester City are reportedly going to sue Arsenal over breaking a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ on Transfer Deadline Day… but are they really?
City are said to be suing Arsenal after the Gunners allegedly agreed to sell Alexis Sanchez to them for £60m and then didn’t. It was understood at the time that Arsene Wenger must first replace him before allowing him to just skip off to Arsenal’s rivals.
Arsenal were set to replace the Chilean with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and even made an offer of £92m, but the 21-year-old didn’t want to move and therefore Alexis has been forced to stay in north London for the final season of his contract.
According to Chilean outlet, El Mercurio, City argue that Arsenal broke their agreement. The publication says that if Alexis did sign a contract while away on national duty, City could have a case. However, there doesn’t seem to be any real indication that this happened.
In fact, compatriot Arturo Vidal claimed that the 28-year-old hadn’t mentioned City at all and had been focused on Chile’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay.
“To whom? No, no, (he didn’t mentioned it) to nobody,” Vidal told reporters after Chile’s 3-0 loss.
“Not to me. I don’t think so.
“I think it was all made up because he was very focused on today’s game.”
This leads us onto another point. It was Chilean outlet, La Tercera, that claimed Alexis had announced to his teammates that he had signed for City, which has turned out to be false.
The Chilean press, which all the UK media are being very careful to cite in their reports, don’t seem to like Arsenal very much.
The report from El Mercurio claims that City are annoyed because they had no time to sign a new forward either, which doesn’t make much sense since if Pep Guardiola wanted another forward, which City don’t actually need, he would have moved for one earlier. If they were that desperate, they probably wouldn’t have left it until the final day of the window to put in a £60m for Alexis.