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.
— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) January 15, 2018
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.
I published all I know last night mate. The odds are weird (I always say it means nothing, but it’s weird nonetheless) as I spoke to several very good sources last night & all but one said City have told the agent to forget it, and the other one was talking as if it’s over
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) January 15, 2018
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.
We both know City will up their offer to him of more 💰and you will say he chose pep for less money. 😉They actually need to with Aguero on his own at the moment . Business wise it doesn’t make sense to let Alexis go to United .It will cost City more in the summer to get another https://t.co/0lAiJk9L2Y
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) January 15, 2018
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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