Man City have had a £50m bid for Alexis Sanchez turned down by Arsenal, according to reports this evening.
In what’s becoming quite the saga as the transfer window comes to a close, the two clubs have been in discussions over the Chilean forward.
Arsenal pressed City for Raheem Sterling in a part exchange deal, something they’re not keen on, and in return Pep Guardiola’s outfit came in with a £50m offer which the Gunners knocked back.
The BBC’s David Ornstein said that the club’s position was that the player is not for sale, unless a huge money + player offer was made.
That is at least opening the door to his departure after saying all summer that he wouldn’t leave, but it remains to be seen how far City are willing to go to make the deal happen before Thursday’s deadline.
Meanwhile, after earlier reports that Sanchez had asked to leave the Chilean training camp in order to get a deal done, the president of the Chile FA has categorically denied that is the case.
It’s another story without any actual quotes though, so who knows what’s going on really. It would be strange for him to interrupt preparation for a World Cup qualifier, even in these circumstances, and despite the distance it would be possible for him to complete a transfer even if he were in South America due to the wonders of technology.
Will anything happen? Your guess is as good as ours.