According to ESPN, Manchester City are so determined to sign Alexis Sanchez that they will make a cash only bid for the Chile international when the January transfer window opens, despite the fact the striker will be a free agent next summer.
Officials at the Etihad were left frustrated by Arsenal’s last-minute decision to pull the plug on a deal last week even though a package worth £60 million had been agreed.
It’s now suggested that rather than risk Alexis signing a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January, something he’ll be able to do because he’s in the final year of his contract, Pep Guardiola will try and snap up his former Barcelona charge early.
Obviously, any bid is likely to be considerably lower than the offer made last week. City are also adamant that they won’t include a player in the deal, having already rejected Arsene Wenger’s attempts to sign Raheem Sterling.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will sanction a January deal, much will depend on the player’s form and state of mind, as well as whether Arsenal are challenging for tophies.