Manchester City are prepared to test Arsenal’s resolve with a winter bid for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez. The 27-year-old has slowed down talks over a fresh deal with the Gunners reluctant to add a buy-out clause to his proposed extension.
Sanchez had been the subject of a £30m approach from Juventus in the summer, but the North London giants ruled out his sale by suggesting that the player has a long-term future at the Emirates.
Since then, the Gunners have been in discussions with the player over a new deal, and it is now evident that he won’t extend his stay after June 2018 unless a buy-out clause of around £55m is inserted on his fresh contract.
The Express claims that the Citizens are keeping a keen eye on the player’s developments, and could jump at the chance of securing his services in the January transfer window.
Pep Guardiola had previously recruited Sanchez from Udinese for Barcelona in 2011, but the two worked together for just one season before the Catalan tactician opted to pursue a managerial stint with Bayern Munich.
The Spaniard is now in-charge of the Citizens, and he will look at all possibilities of recruiting the multi-talented attacker in the New Year.
Should Arsenal fail to get a deal in, they could tempted to accept offers in excess of £50m for his signature, but that too being at the end of the campaign, and this makes a move to the Etihad highly unlikely this winter.