According to the Independent, Manchester City will make an offer for Alexis Sanchez before the transfer window closes on 31 August.
Despite receiving encouragement from Sanchez’s camp when the striker was sounded out about a move earlier in the summer, no official offer from City has yet been lodged.
It’s suggested that Pep Guardiola felt confident of getting his man for around £40 million because the player was entering the final year of his contract, however, with Arsenal repeatedly reiterating their refusal to sell they’ve instead bided their time.
While Arsene Wenger has been emboldened by his ability to ward off interest from Bayern Munich and PSG there remains the outside chance of the board pushing for a sale in light of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil, two other high-value, out of contract players, also being able to leave for free next year. It’s something the boss alluded to recently.
The report claims that City aren’t particularly confident of signing Sanchez because the tipping point for the Gunners would only be reached if a bid exceeded £70 million.