Arsenal legend Paul Merson has called on the club to negotiate a swap deal with Manchester City for Sergio Aguero as Alexis Sanchez continues to eye a switch to the Etihad.
This comes after Sanchez, 28, dropped the biggest hint yet that he wants away from the Emirates this summer by insisting he wants to play Champions League football next season.
And Merson, who played for Arsenal between 1982 and 1997, has some transfer tips for Arsene Wenger, Goal writes.
“I don’t think Arsenal can replace Sanchez, can they?” Merson said. “He gets 30 of their goals, but you’ve got to move on.
“Arsenal are a big club and you don’t want players who don’t want to be there. Arsenal are a big club, a very big club and you don’t want that.
“He’s a good player – if I were Arsenal I’d be ringing up Man City and saying ‘Give us Aguero and you can have Sanchez.’
“[If Alexis wants to go to Man City] then I’d say I want Aguero. He’s better than Sanchez.”
Alexis’ future has been in doubt all summer
Merson fears the Gunners may find themselves finishing outside the Champions League qualification places should they fail to get a good bargain for the Chile international.
“At the moment, you’re taking away 20-odd goals and 10 or 11 assists, and he’s a handful, Sanchez.
“So, for me, he can’t go to Man City unless Arsenal get Aguero.”
Manchester City emerged as Alexis’ first choice after Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain cooled their interests.