City Not Willing To Overpay
Manchester City could be about to walk away from a deal this month for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
City were close to a £60million deal for Sanchez and faced the choice this month of doing the deal now or waiting until summer when the Chile international is out of contract.
But reports this afternoon claim that City are ready to walk away from the deal. Arsenal are demanding £35million for Sanchez despite the fact that he is out of contract in less than six months’ time. Plus his agent is demanding a £5million fee for doing the deal. That makes a total transfer fee of £40million. City are only willing to pay around £20million.
Manchester United and Liverpool are also being linked with Sanchez. That won’t have any impact on City’s thinking – they are perfectly prepared to see him go to a rival at the top end of the Premier League.
City brought forward their bid after Gabriel Jesus picked up an injury over the Christmas period. But the young Brazilian is expected to return to action in the next two to three weeks thus lessening the need to go out and buy.
City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about Sanchez at his press conference today. He kept his cards very close to his chest.
“It’s not that I don’t want to inform you. I don’t want to give you wrong information,” he said.
“At the moment, nothing is decided one way or another.
“A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it but we are not in that.”
Sanchez is believed to be keen to join City and team up once again with Guardiola. The two men worked together at Barcelona in the 2011-12 campaign. Guardiola sanctioned Sanchez’s move from Serie A side Udinese in 2011.
I understand Man City are prepared to walk away from a Jan deal for Sanchez because of costs involved & they will not be pressured by Man Utd's reported interest. They are prepared to pay around £20m #MCFC
— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) January 12, 2018