Manchester City not quite out of Alexis Sanchez race yet, meeting planned – report

Manchester City have not yet totally pulled the plug on their pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, Stu Brennan of the Manchester Evening News reports.

This contradicts another story from last night that City have ended their long-standing interest in the Chilean over the rising demands of his agent, but while City are ‘on the brink’ of ending their interest, Brennan reports that it isn’t set in stone yet.

City reportedly plan a high-level meeting between Pep Guardiola, chief executive Ferran Soriano, and director of football Txiki Begiristain to make a final decision on whether to raise their offer to sign a player who prefers to join City than neighbours Manchester United.

Multiple reports state that United are willing to meet all of the financial demands, but the MEN says that there is only silence at Old Trafford, with some even believing this is a ruse by Arsenal and Sanchez’s agent to drive up the fee and wages.

The source of last night’s report, Sam Lee of Goal, remains adamant that City have exited the race.

Sanchez is said to be desperate to quit the Emirates this month and should City not match Manchester United’s offer, Alexis may well be inclined to join Jose Mourinho instead of his favoured option, Pep Guardiola.

Gary Neville believes City may yet up their offer.

Arsene Wenger said yesterday that a decision could be made within 48 hours, with the Alexis saga poised to finally end – but will it be the red or blue half of Manchester that he ends up at?

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