Report: Man City have Sanchez at top of wish-list

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Nobody has talked about Alexis Sanchez going to Manchester City recently.

Expect that to change.

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Sky Sports is reporting that Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City have placed Sanchez at the top of their summer wish-list as speculation surrounding his future in north London continues.

With Arsenal’s forward out of contract next summer and talks over a new deal with the Gunners not taking place until the end of this season, the Chilean forward has been linked with countless clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League, plus Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus among other European giants.

Even though he has a short time left on his current deal, he is expected to still fetch a transfer fee of over $60 million. But, with just a year left on his deal by the time Arsenal come around to contemplate selling him, Sanchez’s value will drop considerably after this summer.

The Gunners must cash in on Sanchez this summer if he doesn’t sign a new deal.

Sanchez, 28, is Arsenal’s top scorer and has 18 goals and nine assists in the Premier League season. That said, in recent weeks his form has dipped and the former Barcelona forward is seeing Arsenal’s top four hopes diminish each and every week as Arsene Wenger‘s under-fire team have now lost five of their last eight games in the PL.

With Arsenal seven points off the top four (they do have a game in hand) the likes of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who is also out of contract in the summer of 2018, will be thinking about their next move and trying to remain in the UEFA Champions League.

Man City could provide UCL action that if they hang on to fourth-place in the PL ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, while Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge admirer of Sanchez after he took him to Barca in the past. Where he slots into the Man City team is a tough problem to solve as they have Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus available to play in the central or wide roles in attack, but if a player of Sanchez’s caliber comes up on the market, you have to snap him up. Simple.

Whether or not Arsenal would sell Sanchez to a direct PL rival remains to be seen. Their days of doing that (Robin Van Persie, Ashley Cole, Samir Nasri et al.) appear to be over but what if Sanchez wants to stay in the Premier League?

Other reports from Radio Cooperativa in Chile have already stated that City will pay Arsenal $64 million for Sanchez and pay him $250,000 per week.

If Sanchez’s time at Arsenal is up, apart from Chelsea the best fit for his talents in the PL would have to be Man City. Think of Sanchez interlinking with Gabriel Jesus, Sane and Sterling in a fluid front four. Oh my.

With the Gunners struggling for the top four and the situation regarding the future of Wenger and others uncertain, Sanchez’s body language has said plenty in recent weeks. It looks increasingly unlikely that he will remain at Arsenal.

Liverpool fans without tickets warned, as Roma pledges support

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There was a terrible incident in Liverpool on Tuesday when a Reds supporter was set upon by Roma fans and left in critical condition.

Sean Cox, 53, was attacked outside a pub before Liverpool’s 5-2 UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg win over AS Roma.

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Liverpool has released its plans to keep supporters safe should they be among the 5,000 with tickets in Rome on Wednesday (via, pledging the “most comprehensive safety and security advice.”

The club has taken the exceptional measure of requesting an extraordinary meeting in the Italian capital, which will take place on Friday April 27. … At the behest of Liverpool, club officials will join AS Roma, UEFA and the relevant Italian police and security services to discuss specific ongoing concerns.

Merseyside Police chief superintendent Dave Charnock backed up Roma’s police demand that Liverpool fans without tickets skip the trip to Italy. According to the BBC, Liverpool was asked to put fans names on their tickets to the game.

“While we understand and appreciate that many Liverpool fans will want to travel to Rome, I would encourage fans who do not have tickets to not travel,” he said.

AS Roma, for its part, posted a photo of Cox with the statement, “His recovery and the safety of all fans attending football matches, is the only thing that matters now.”

Report: Gerrard on Rangers shortlist ahead of Old Firm Derby

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Could Steven Gerrard‘s first foray into management come against his old manager and in one of the most heated derbies in the world?

The BBC is reporting that the Liverpool legend is on the shortlist for Rangers as the Glaswegian side prepares to hire a new manager in its bid to reverse Celtic domination of the Scottish Premiership and the Old Firm Derby.

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Brendan Rodgers has engineered a marvelous run of form for Celtic, who went unbeaten in the league last season. Rodgers is also a sought-after managerial candidate for bigger jobs in Europe, and may not be at Celtic if and when Gerrard is hired by its rivals.

Either Celtic or Rangers have won the Scottish top flight title dating back to 1984-85, when champions Aberdeen were led by some guy named Alex Ferguson.

Rangers are facing a Manchester United moment this weekend, traveling to Celtic Park for a Sunday derby against Celtic which would see their rivals clinch the Premiership with a win.

Celtic has a 10-point lead on Rangers and Aberdeen, and is extremely likely to win its seventh-straight Premiership title. The record for most consecutive Scottish titles is nine, shared by Celtic (1966-74) and Rangers (1989-97).

Sweden announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not return for World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s public flirtation and seeming committal to returning to the Swedish national team for the World Cup was a big tease.

Whether it’s his call or not is up for debate.

The Swedish Football Association reports that it’s spoken with Ibrahimovic and the 35-year-old LA Galaxy striker has declined the chance to return to the fold.

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Sweden’s sporting director Lars Richt says Ibrahimovic has not changed his mind on international retirement despite his own words.

Sweden’s current team may have a role in that.

We imagine Richt and Sweden may be cushioning the blow for Ibrahimovic, especially if national team goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson is speaking on behalf of a team vibe when he speaks of Zlatan being “an individualist” who could ruin Sweden’s team-first concept.

Report: Fulham, NFL owner Khan agrees $700m price for Wembley

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Fulham owner Shad Khan also owns a National Football League team, and could have two top-flight teams from different nations playing in England soon.

For Fulham, the Cottagers are currently very much in the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League and at the least will have a chance at qualifying through the playoffs.

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For the Jaguars, who have rarely needed all the seats in their stadium, it could mean a move to London if Khan goes through with what’s being reported as an accepted $700 million bid to buy Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium was also built with the design to host NFL games.

Here’s how ProFootballTalk’s Michael David Smith puts a bow on it (on one of the biggest days of the NFL calendar, nonetheless):

So it’s possible that there could soon be two iconic soccer stadiums in London with strong NFL ties, one which was built with NFL games in mind, and another that is owned by an NFL owner. The league is pouring serious resources into London.

It seems unlikely Khan would move Fulham from Craven Cottage, but there are other repercussions of this move for soccer in England.

There’s the potential for the England national team to no longer utlizie a permanent home, and the FA Cup and League Cup both potentially requiring new or rotating venues for their final rounds.

A lot to monitor here, and we’ll surely have all the details as they emerge from Khan’s crew.