Alexis Sanchez would “add something to the team” should he join Manchester City from Arsenal this month, says City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.
Arsenal accepted a £60m bid from City for the Chile forward, 29, on deadline day in August, but the deal collapsed.
City planned to wait until Sanchez’s contract expired this summer before signing him on a free transfer.
But with Gabriel Jesus out for two months with a knee injury, it has been reported a deal may be expedited.
Neither City nor Arsenal have commented on a potential January move but De Bruyne did speak about the 29-year-old after Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg win over Bristol City.
“He is a very good player,” the Belgium playmaker said. “Obviously we will see what happens. If he comes he will add something to the team.”
Sanchez would not be able to play for City in the Carabao Cup as he played against Doncaster earlier in the season, but he is not cup-tied for the FA Cup and could be added to Pep Guardiola’s Champions League squad.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are understood to be pursuing an interest in Bordeaux’s Malcom as a replacement.