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Manchester City set to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sánchez - Report

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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

Manchester City v Arsenal  - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The last thing Manchester City need is a striker, but they're ready to sign one anyway. If you believe the media.

According to reports in Chile, Arsenal superstar Alexis Sánchez is very close to agreeing a move to City in the summer transfer window, with City ready to pay a £50 million fee to bring the Gunners' top scorer to the Etihad next season.

Alexis has been linked with a move away from Arsenal since the start of the season. The Chilean has 14 months left in his contract and is not interesting in signing a new deal with the Gunners, who will have to sell him this summer if they are to make any significant profit on Sánchez.

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Alexis and the two worked together for a very successful season in Barcelona, and with the future of Sergio Agüero still up in the air, the Catalan manager might be looking at the market for a new scoring machine.

Although Pep will address his defense in the summer, he'll be looking to overhaul the entire squad in the next window, and grabbing Alexis will certainly boost his attacking options with Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané, Raheem Sterling and, of course, Agüero. Talk about an explosive front five.

Let's be honest, though: we don't really need Alexis. But who knows. City always buy strikers when they need defenders, so that may be the case this summer as well.