Alexis Sanchez will be an Arsenal player until January at least after a move to Manchester City fell through on transfer deadline day.
It was expected that the Chilean would reunite with former manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium - especially after Arsenal accepted a £60 million bid for Sanchez.
The move was complicated by the fact Sanchez was in Chile preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay which they lost 3-0.
But before the game, Sanchez had told his Chile teammates that he was moving to City and officials from the club were on hand to oversee the transfer when it went through.
But it didn’t - and City are furious with Arsenal.
Why City are furious with Arsenal
And a report in the Daily Mail has explained why City are so angry with Arsenal.
At 10am Pep Guardiola was told that Arsene Wenger was finalising a replacement meaning he was willing to sell Sanchez.
That replacement was Thomas Lemar but, after bidding £92 million, the French winger decided that he wanted Champions League football and turned down a move to the Gunners.
It meant that Arsenal refused to sell Sanchez despite the deal being extremely close due to their failure to sign an adequate replacement.
As you’d imagine, it didn’t go down well.
The report states that City were left “flabbergasted” and “baffled” that Arsenal hadn’t realised that Lemar wasn't interested in a move to the Emirates with one source calling their actions “shambolic.”
While City are fuming, Sanchez himself is also thought to be disappointed.
With just 12 months remaining on his contract, Sanchez will remain at Arsenal with City likely to test their resolve once again in January. That fee is likely to be a lot less than £60 million with the 28-year-old available on a free transfer next summer.
Of course, City will be wary that there could be plenty of competition for Sanchez both in January and next year.
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