Manchester City to walk away from Alexis Sanchez deal as rivals United are given free run at Arsenal star

By The Mirror: Saturday, January 13th 2018 at 11:05 GMT +3 | Football
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Manchester City are prepared to walk away from their bid to sign Alexis Sanchez and give local rivals Manchester United a free run at the Arsenal star.

City have been in pole position to sign Sanchez since failing with a £60million deadline day bid for the Chile international last August.

But United blindsided their neighbours this week by launching an audacious bid to snatch the 29-year-old from under their noses with a £35m bid.

City, however, consider the financial package demanded by Arsenal and Sanchez's representatives too high for a player with just six months left on his contract.

Arsenal want £35m for Sanchez, while the player's agent, Fernando Felicevich, is also said to be demanding a fee of around £5m for facilitating the deal.

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With Sanchez's wage demands around £300,000-a-week, City are simply not prepared to meet those figures and will end their interest - unless they are lowered.

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Sanchez is desperate to leave Arsenal in this transfer window and City accept their hardline stance may ultimately lead to their top transfer target joining United.

But that is a risk the City hierarchy and Guardiola are prepared to take, rather than be forced to pay over the odds for a player who will cost nothing this summer.

United, however, will pay what it takes to land Sanchez and will see it as a major coup to beat their local rivals to one of the most coveted players in Europe.

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