According to Chilean portal La Tercera, Alexis Sanchez presented an official document requesting permission to leave Chile’s training squad, so that he can sort out matters pertaining to his future.
With stories about an imminent Man City bid, it seems likely that the two things are related. Earlier on there were suggestions that a swap deal involving Raheem Sterling was on the cards, but it is believed that City want a cash only deal, and it was Arsenal pushing for the England international to be included in the deal.
The story in the Chilean press says that Sanchez spoke to coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after training to ask permission to leave, something that the coach was not best pleased about given they play Paraguay in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Nevertheless, it seems Sanchez will be allowed to depart for 24 hours, and it also suggests that Arsenal have opened the door for his departure.
He would hardly travel on spec without knowing if the Gunners were willing to let him go, and via the BBC come reports of an imminent bid which Pep Guardiola’s side want completed before Thursday for obvious reasons.
It would mean a serious change of tune from the club who have insisted all along that the 28 year old would remain at the Emirates for the new season, so let’s see what happens.