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.
Man City have pulled out of the race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal because the cost of the deal has become too expensive. I’m told Pep Guardiola had talks with Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak today and both agreed it would be too much to pay. Latest @SkySportsNews #MCFC #SSN
— Ben Ransom (@BenRansomSky) January 15, 2018
– MCFC now out of the running for Alexis Sanchez.
– £350k Wages and £35m transfer fee too high
– Decision taken after meeting between Pep, Txiki and Soriano today
– Chelsea have made an offer for Sanchez
— Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) January 15, 2018
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 15, 2018
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.
Man City pull out of race to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, based on current numbers demanded by #AFC + AS. #MCFC believe they were 1st choice but that Man U offering package higher than City would’ve paid in £60m deal last summer. TWIST City think Chelsea #CFC rivalling #MUFC pic.twitter.com/m8jPvSEqTt
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 15, 2018
Chelsea are trying to gatecrash United's bid to sign Sanchez after City pulled out of the running
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) January 15, 2018
Chelsea making a late play for Sanchez.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 15, 2018
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.