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Manchester City officially end interest in Alexis Sanchez as Chelsea make late bid

Manchester City have briefed the press with information that they have ended their pursuit of long-term target Alexis Sanchez after refusing to meet the financial demands of his camp and Arsenal.

The news isn’t unexpected but there was talk earlier today that a final high-level meeting would take place today, involving Guardiola, Khaldoon, Soriano and Begiristain about whether to pay the increasing demands of Sanchez’s agent in addition to Arsenal’s £35million asking price.

In the end, the Blues have decided not to continue their interest, paving the way for Alexis to join Manchester United. Or Chelsea.

News is now emerging that Antonio Conte is making a late play for the Chilean, and his feud with Jose Mourinho could now have a new battleground – the transfer market.

As for City, they will now certainly identify new targets to bolster the attack in the summer, and may decide to take a look at the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala.

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