David Ornstein: Alexis Sanchez likely to leave Arsenal in January, compromise on fee expected…

The number one source for Arsenal related transfers, David Ornstein of the BBC, has posted an update this evening on Twitter about Alexis Sanchez’s future.

Ornstein says that the Arsenal board have privately accepted the 29-year-old will leave in January, as long as a suitable offer is made and a replacement found, with Bordeaux’s Malcom their number one candidate to replace Alexis.

The remaining problem is accepting a fee, with City wanting to hand over around £20million for a player soon to be out of contract and the Gunners hoping for something closer to £35million. Ornstein says that sources anticipate a compromise of £25million to £30million to be reached by the end of January.

If for any reason no deal is agreed this month, Sanchez will become a free agent in June, at which point he would almost certainly join Manchester City on a free transfer, given his desire to link up again with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

Ornstein makes no mention of Manchester United’s interest after a host of reports on Thursday that Jose Mourinho has entered the running for Sanchez. All in all, the update from Ornstein, a reliable source, seems to suggest that there remains a very good chance of Alexis swapping the Emirates for the Etihad this month.

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