Alexis Sanchez rejected the chance to earn £400,000-a-week after tax and link up with former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Hebei China Fortune in order to cement a move to City, an exclusive report in The Sun on Sunday claims.
It is reported that Alexis was sounded out about a lucrative move to the wealthy Chinese Super League, but he made it clear that his first choice is to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Man City.
Alexis would need to earn £800,000-a-week in England to take home what he could have in China, but his sporting ambition means he is determined to join Premier League leaders City.
City came close to landing Alexis in the summer, only for an agreed move to collapse on deadline day when Arsenal failed to acquire his identified replacement, Thomas Lemar of Monaco.
The 28-year-old Chilean is out of contract in the summer, meaning Arsenal have one more chance to cash in on him if City make a move in January, or else they will lose one of their key men on a free transfer in the summer.
Pep Guardiola was coy when asked about a January swoop for Alexis in his pre-Tottenham press conference, saying: “On the pitch, I don’t know. The January transfer window is in the winter.
“I don’t know, believe me, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
It seems more a question of when, rather than if, Alexis Sanchez rocks up at the Etihad Stadium, with Guardiola still a big fan of the versatile attacker.
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