What was believed to be a question of when Sanchez reunited with Pep Guardiola is now a case of ‘if’ after Manchester United lodged a £25m bid with Arsenal. It beat City’s ‘take it or leave it’ £20m offer.
Sanchez’s preference is to move to the Etihad and Guardiola remains keen to push the deal through this month with concerns about the strength in depth of his squad as they challenge for honours on four fronts.
However, Guardiola received a boost with news that Gabriel Jesus will return to training next month. The Guardian claims this is provoking second thoughts among members of the City hierarchy and allowed United to nip in.
It doesn’t rule them out of signing Sanchez; City are ready to wait until June when the player’s contract expires.
Another thorn is agent’s fees with Sanchez’s representative causing even a rich club such as City to blanche.
The striker is desperate to move on with his career but Arsene Wenger made it clear at his pre-Bournemouth press conference that no sale will happen unless the Gunners sign a replacement.
Wenger denied deals were imminent regarding Malcom or Thomas Lemar.