ARSENAL star Alexis Sanchez will reject Real Madrid and push for a Manchester City switch, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror report Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has put the Gunners hitman on a list of summer transfer targets.
However, the Chilean forward has his heart set on a move to City and a reunion with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
Sanchez, who scored in the Gunners Europa League win against Cologne has made it clear he will not sign a new deal at Arsenal and was desperate to leave during the summer window.
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City were confident of getting the forward, but a deal broke down on deadline day as Arsenal claimed they failed to land Monaco star Thomas Lemar.
As far as Sanchez is concerned, it’s a question of when, not if, he moves north to Manchester and could leave next summer for nothing.
Arsenal could feel it will be worth losing their talisman on a free next year, if he helps them get back into the Champions League this season.
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Real Madrid are looking for additional firepower after selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and losing Karim Benzema for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.
There have also been continued doubts over the future of Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu, who has been a target for the Real boo-boys in recent weeks.
Despite three years at bitter rivals Barcelona, Real Madrid still see Sanchez as a viable option in a cut-price deal in January or as a free next summer.
They have also looked at Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.
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