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Manchester City defender could be offered to Arsenal to speed up Alexis Sanchez deal – report

Manchester City could offer Belgian international defender Jason Denayer to Arsenal as they prepare their final effort of the summer to sign Alexis Sanchez, the Daily Star Sunday reports.

Arsenal were linked with Denayer last summer and while Galatasaray want him back on loan before the transfer window slams shut, City prefer to sell the player who spoke out against the club after they blocked a proposed loan move to Lyon.

And an exclusive in the Daily Star Sunday states Wenger has an interest in Denayer, and that he could be used by City to try and convince Arsenal into selling Alexis.

It’s also reported that high-level talks were held at the Etihad last week, the result of which was approval for a £65million to £70million bid to be made for Sanchez, a high figure for a player with just 12 months left on his contract, but which shows how eager Pep Guardiola is to sign him.

Meanwhile, Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror writes that Andros Townsend is close to a £27million to Leicester and believes that could spark a domino effect that would see Riyad Mahrez leave Leicester for Arsenal and Alexis leave Arsenal for City.

As reported earlier in the week by the Daily Mail, Mullock says City are willing to wait until next summer if necessary for Sanchez, when they could sign him on a free transfer. However, Guardiola has been keen to add a high-level forward all summer and will make one final push for the Chilean in the next few days.

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