After Manchester City failed to sign Alexis Sanchez in the summer, they were always going to come back in for the Chilean in January.
With Sanchez’s contract expiring in the summer, Arsenal know that this month represents their last chance to get a transfer fee for their wantaway star.
And with City having plenty of money in the bank, it seemed a formality that they would snap up Sanchez for a relatively small fee this month.
But Manchester United had other ideas.
They decided they would challenge their city-rivals for Sanchez’s signature - and are willing to pay whatever it takes.
In fact, the Red Devils are offering Sanchez more money in both wages and extra fees in an attempt to sign the 29-year-old.
And it’s worked.
MAN CITY "PULL THE PLUG"
According to Goal, City have officially “pulled the plug” on their pursuit of Sanchez, leaving him free to join United this month.
Goal write: "City made it clear on Friday that they would walk away from the deal if the total price of a January move did not suit them, and that is exactly what has happened.
"Goal has learned that the final straw came when Alexis’ agent, Fernando Felicevich, informed City in the past 48 hours that United are willing to pay more money in both wages and extra fees.
"The Chilean has indicated that he would be open to joining United in the past few days, and Guardiola is happy to move on because he now believes the 29-year-old is not 100 per cent committed to playing for him."
FOOTBALL FANS REACT
And this is how football fans are reacting to the surprising news:
So it seems that Sanchez could well complete his shock £35 million move to Old Trafford - and it seems it will happen very soon.
That’s what Arsene Wenger suggested after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth.
"I don't master the rhythm of it, but it could happen today, tomorrow or not at all," said Wenger.
"It will be decided in the next 48 hours."
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