Manchester City are ready to test Arsenal‘s resolve over keeping Alexis Sanchez, 28, for the final season of his contract. The Premier League title favourites are, the Daily Telegraph claims, preparing a £60m bid for the Chilean international who was signed by Pep Guardiola when he was in charge at Barcelona.
Sanchez made no secret of his desire to leave the Emirates as he seeks to win Europe’s biggest prize. Heavily-linked with Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain during the summer but his wage demands – said to be in excess of £300k per week – deterred the perennial German champions from pursuing their interest.
Chilean team-mates wooed their talismanic striker during the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia but it seems that Manchester City has won the race. Significantly, PSG are expected to announce the signing of Kylian Mbappe, 18, in the coming days which will end their interest in Sanchez for this summer at least.
Arsenal remain determined to retain Sanchez for one more season. Arsène Wenger hasn’t given up hope of the player signing a new deal although the Gunners last offer of £275k per week fell short of his demands.
Sanchez suffered an abdominal muscle in pre-season training, missing the 4-3 opening day win over Leicester City, as well as this weekend’s trip to Stoke. Some Arsenal fans expressed cynicism over the timing of his misfortune and a hastily-deleted tweet from Paris on Sunday didn’t quell the suspicion that the FA Cup final was his final appearance in an Arsenal shirt.