Manchester City are confident of landing Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez in an incredible move in JANUARY… with the Gunners finally willing to sell.
Pep Guardiola and Co are confident Arsene Wenger will allow the Chilean to leave this winter, rather than let him leave on a free next summer, according to the Telegraph.
Man City failed in a £60million bid for Sanchez in the summer, with Guardiola and Wenger coming to blows regarding Raheem Sterling.
The Arsenal chief hoped City would sweeten the deal by throwing in the England forward – but Guardiola wouldn’t budge.
Sanchez ended up staying at the Emirates, but now both he and Mesut Ozil will be eligible to hold pre-contract talks with other clubs in January ahead of a free move in July.
While City could risk facing a contract bidding war for the soon-to-be free agent, they look set to splash around £20m in January to bring him in early.
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Arsenal seem resigned to defeat as they look set to lose Sanchez and would rather accept a low-ball offer than lose him for nothing.
The Chilean international – who is likely to play for his nation against Brazil on Tuesday night – was also chased by Paris Saint-Germain.
However, with the Ligue 1 giants signing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar – and facing potential Financial Fair Play repercussions – they’re unlikely to make any sort of move.
Sanchez’s departure could force Wenger straight back into the transfer market, with summer target Thomas Lemar set to be approached again.
Arsenal bid in excess of £90m for the Frenchman in the summer, having conditionally accepted a late bid from Man City for Sanchez.
However, Wenger and Co failed to get the deal over the line.
Elsewhere, Arsenal could make a move for PSG winger Julian Draxler, with the French giants aiming to bring in money through transfers, while dumping the star’s wage bill in the process.
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