Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is convinced he has an alternative to Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and has remained quiet despite reports of his side's bid for the wantaway Chilean.
Manchester City have opened talks over a move for the Chilean international, who is out of contract at the end of the season but Arsenal are holding out for £35m - and it is a case of how high City are willing to go to sign a player who will be available on a free in the summer.
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But Guardiola is adamant he has alternative options. The Spaniard is expected to turn to Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva as makeshift strikers if he fails to land Alexis Sanchez this month.
"They can play in that position. Bernardo has played it many times, Raz [Raheem Sterling] has played as a second striker when we have five at the back.
"They can play there. They don’t have the same natural feeling for the goal like Sergio or Gabriel, that is natural, but we are having to try with all the games we are playing. We have to rotate." Guardiola told Man City's website
Both Sterling and Bernardo were deployed at the point of City’s attack in their 2-1 Carabao Cup semi final first leg win against Bristol City on Tuesday, with neither finding the back of the net.
But I was Kevin de Bruyne and substitute Aguero who completed a second half fightback after the Championship side had taken the lead through Bobby Reid’s 44th minute penalty.