Premier League leaders Man City have decided to end their long-term pursuit of Chile and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
Man City where expected to be Alexis Sanchez preferred destination during the January transfer window, however, due to Arsenal’s demands over a transfer fee and the players wage demands, City have decided to pull out of the deal and potentially wait until next summer to get the player on a free.
However, with Manchester United happy to meet the Gunners £35m valuation of the player and an offer of £350k per week on the table, Sanchez is now expected to join City rivals United.
It means, unless the 29-year-old Chile international decides not to take up the offer from Old Trafford, City are expected to loose out on a player they was favourites to sign since last summer.
City, came close to signing Sanchez for £60m last summer, but for Arsenal to pull the plug on the deal at the last minute, due to the fact they could not sign a replacement in time.
It now seems manager Pepe Guardiola and the City board are in agreement that any deal for Sanchez would be too expensive. By signing the Chile forward the club will be making him the highest paid player at the club, something they do not want to risk on a 29-year-old player.
In another twist, Premier League champions Chelsea have also entered the race to sign Sanchez. If the Blues can match United’s offer then the prospect of staying on in London may appeal to the forward.
Sanchez, who joined Arsenal in 2014 for £32m, turned down an offer to play for Liverpool and chose Arsenal due to the fact he only wanted to play for a team based in London.