Alexis Sanchez is reportedly ‘devastated’ that his move to Manchester City has fallen through, with the club blaming Arsenal for a deal that had been expected to go through.
According to Simon Mullock of the Daily Mirror, Pep Guardiola thought he had his man at 10am this morning when Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis called his City counterpart Ferran Soriano to tell him that an offer of £55million plus £5million in add-ons had been accepted.
Gazidis informed Soriano that Alexis’ replacement, Thomas Lemar of Monaco, was lined up, but despite having a bid accepted for the French international, they could not close the deal because the player didn’t want to drop down to playing in the Europa League.
Arsenal then informed City that the deal for Alexis was off, despite having accepted a bid earlier in the day.
A City source told the Mirror: “It was Ivan Gazidis who made the first move this morning – calling Ferran to tell him that the second offer was acceptable.
“It came with the proviso that Arsenal had to sign a replacement. But Gazidis indicated that was close to happening.
“It now seems that Arsenal didn’t have an agreement with either a club or a player.
“It’s disappointing but we hope that the strong relationships we built with Alexis and his advisers will help us in the future.
“Arsenal have known for four months that we were interested in signing Sanchez and that the player wanted to leave the club.”
Mullock reports that City will attempt to sign Alexis on loan in January, shortly before his Arsenal contract comes to an end. Having lost out on a £60million pay day, the Gunners now have a very unhappy Alexis Sanchez on their hands, with City ready to take advantage of that as early as January, otherwise the hope will be to sign him for free next summer.
The immediate issue for City is that goals have been taken out, not added to the squad with the sale of Kelechi Iheanacho. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are now the only natural strikers in the squad, although Raheem Sterling has shown potential in a central role, as Guardiola himself admitted.