While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains steadfast in his determination to hold onto Alexis Sanchez, 28, Manchester City are set to return with a £60m bid for the Chilean striker, according to reports in the Daily Star.
It follows on the heels of an earlier £45m bid from the Etihad which Arsenal had no qualms about rejecting, according to Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich. The Gunners board hinted recently that they would be minded to sell if an offer over £50m was received.
However, with the window closing in a little over a fortnight’s time, the prospect of the north London club landing a replacement diminish and that may yet prove to be City’s biggest obstacle.
So far this summer, City have been Sanchez’s most persistent suitor seeing off interest from Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain. They face stiff competition from La Liga, with Real Madrid interested in bringing the striker back to Spain.
Sanchez was a qualified success in his time at Barcelona and with Real’s current dominance of Europe, would have a great opportunity to win the Champions League medal he craves.
Speaking at his weekly press conference, Wenger re-iterated that he had not given up hope of persuading his talismanic striker to extend his stay in north London but there’s a growing belief that the Arsenal board will sell if City step in with £60m.
The bookmakers don’t share Wenger’s optimism with Manchester City 2/1 to land the striker before the transfer window closes.