Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez has been well-documented over recent months but the latest twist suggests the club could be about to give up on the Chilean.
The deal has also been complicated by the fact that Manchester United have, apparently, shown an interest and may be willing to offer more cash than City.
They are also willing to throw in Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal, which could tempt Arsenal, as they want a replacement before they allow Alexis to leave.
It’s pretty clear that Alexis wants to move to City, and reports have said that personal terms have been agreed for some time now, the two teams just need to agree a price.
But United’s interest, if true, will probably leave Arsenal in no mood to reduce their asking price, even though Sanchez can walk away for free in the summer.
Arsenal also seem pretty keen to sell Sanchez now, he’s not managed to find his best form this season and reports have suggested this team-mates have been none to impressed with his attitude.
Finding a replacement will be the tricky part, they have been linked with Malcom, Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez but January deals can be tricky to pull off.
City, meanwhile, are not exactly short of attacking options and have been simply brilliant in attack. Pep Guardiola has even confirmed Gabriel Jesus is not too far off a return and has spoken openly about maintaining “squad harmony.”
It’s still entirely possible that City will still sign Sanchez in January but at the moment at least, it looks like there’s still some way to go before that happens.
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