According to the Mirror, Manchester City are preparing a bid of around £70m to try and tempt Arsenal into selling Alexis Sanchez, after having a previous bid of £50m reportedly turned down. The Sky Blues have been keen on the Chilean’s signature for some time, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to renew acquaintances with the player he signed and managed for a year at Barcelona. However, Arsenal aren’t looking to sell Alexis.
Manchester City are putting pressure on the Gunners, with the 28-year-old transfer target out of contract next summer. They feel Arsenal will consider selling him if they make a bid Arsenal can’t turn down. Arsene Wenger has previously insisted Alexis would be kept until the end of his contract in 2018, even if it meant Arsenal losing £50m for not selling him.
But they may change their mind if City do indeed lodge a £70m bid to sign the South American forward. Alexis is certainly valuable to Arsenal, having scored and created 34 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, but they would be getting value for money if they could make so much money in his sale. As things stand, the 28-year-old is leaving in 12 months regardless, having failed to extend his deal so far.
The club’s desperation to get back into the Champions League, as well as their desire not to strengthen a domestic rival again are believed to be the two main reasons for them snubbing Manchester City interest. Alexis Sanchez is 4/11 to stay at Arsenal this summer, but will a big offer from Manchester City convince them to sell him early?