Manchester City end Alexis Sanchez pursuit over exorbitant agent demands – report

Manchester City have ended their long-running pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, paving the way for Manchester United to strike a deal for the 29-year-old, Sam Lee of Goal reports.

The Chilean was odds on to reunite with Pep Guardiola, and everyone expected a deal to happen in January or next summer, but the player’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, has asked City to pay more money in wages and fees.

Blues bosses are said to be furious over Felicevich moving the goal posts, and United showed in the Paul Pogba deal that they are happy to pay whatever agent fees are necessary to get their man.

Pep Guardiola is said to have approved the board’s decision to pull the plug on a deal, and with Gabriel Jesus due back shortly, there isn’t really any urgency to sign a striker, despite Sergio Aguero looking out of sorts at the moment.

If Alexis does move to United, City will likely identify a new forward target to pursue in the summer. Expect all the big names, from Griezmann to Dybala, Kane to Lewandowski, to fill the gossip columns in the coming months.

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