The Alexis Sanchez transfer saga is playing out like an M. Night Shyamalan film.
Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, another twist makes you question everything.
Multiple sources, including Sky Sports News and the notoriously reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein, are reporting that Man City have pulled out of the race to sign the Arsenal forward with Chelsea now rivalling Man United for the Chilean’s signature.
Interest from United is said to have inflated the package deal demanded by the Gunners and Sanchez.
The complete deal (transfer fee plus wages) now totals more than the £60million offer City submitted to Arsenal five months ago.
The Premier League leaders are not willing to meet the 29-year-old’s increased demands and are therefore no longer in contention to sign him.
Incredibly, Chelsea have emerged as late rivals to United.
Antonio Conte commented last week that Sanchez would be a ‘good investment’ and expressed his confusion as to why the Blues were not trying to sign a player of his quality.
It appears it is now a two-horse race to sign Sanchez, contested between Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, two managers who have hardly seen eye to eye in recent weeks.
Either way, Sanchez is set to become the highest earner in the league, with his wage demands said to be close to the £350,000-a-week mark.
With Man City out of the equation, the latest nightmare scenario for Premier League defenders is the prospect of Sanchez combining with Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge.
This transfer saga is set to reach a climatic end this month — although now we don’t want it to ever end.