Signing a player like Alexis Sanchez is not an easy job especially if the sellers are your direct rivals. Although a prime target for City but here are some other alternatives City must track if they fail to get the signature of Sanchez.

1. Douglas Costa

When it comes to fooling the defence, there are only a few better than Douglas Costa. Quickness, skill, power and hard work are some of the main attributes of this Brazilian machine. There seems to have been a fallout with Carlo Ancelotti and City must make the most out of it. And the best thing….He has already worked with Pep. Bravo!

2. Gelson Martins

Described by some as one of the best talents produced by Portugal is recent years, Gelson Martins has already been linked with City. The pacy winger bagged seven goals and nine assists last season and will only get better from here. Still 22 years of age, Martins has huge potential and a bright future ahead of him and Pep loves winger. A versatile player who can also play as a wingback and him being around the likes of Silva Sane would be like football porn.

3. Wilfried Zaha

24 years of age, homegrown, eight years of Premier League experience…sign him already! Toe-breaker, wing wizard are some of the words used to described this Ivorian. With seven goals and nine assist,s Zaha was Crystal Palace’s best player last season. Although he extended his contract with Palace recently, buying someone of his potential and caliber for around £35 million is not a bad idea.

4. Kingsley Coman

Back in 2015/16, Coman was the hottest young talent in Europe who was having the best season of his life. But a change in management caused a break in the development of this young French winger who barely got any minutes last season. Already linked with City on numerous occasions, getting the signature of Coman would be a cherry on top. Having already won the Bundesliga title twice Coman would add a lot of depth in the squad which is must given we have to compete and win four trophies next season.

5. Thomas Lemar

Thomas Lemar for me is one of the best young players in the world and arguably one of the best talents produced by France. With 14 goals and 14 assists Lemar was one of the main reasons behind the dominance of Monaco in Ligue 1 last season. His versatility would really be a plus point for us and is the best available alternative. Paying a sum of around £40 million won’t be bad for one of the best young players in the world.

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