For months, it’s looked a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola desperately tried to sign Sanchez in the summer but the deal fell through after Arsenal failed to sign a replacement before the window slammed shut.
But with the Chilean’s contract expiring at the end of the season, City knew there would be another chance to sign the forward. Of course, the January transfer window represents that chance with the Citizens knowing they could sign him at a reduced price with just a few months left on his contract.
But with Arsenal demanding around £35 million for him, City have suddenly become reluctant.
And, according to Goal, they have actually “pulled the plug” on a potential deal leaving him free to join Manchester United.
If you said last month that Sanchez would join United instead of City, nobody would have believed you.
But there are still some people that don’t really believe it, it seems.
One of those people is Gary Neville.
GARY NEVILLE QUESTIONS GUILLEM BALAGUE
On Sunday evening, Guillem Balague revealed the latest on the transfer saga by tweeting: “Alexis Sanchez not fully agreed yet. United favourites and next 2-3 days key (nobody takes City out of equation yet). Meanwhile Arsenal want to close soon deal for Aubameyang, left out of squad today, for €60m.”
But Neville is not convinced that United are favourites and took a dig at Balaugue by replaying: “We both know City will up their offer to him of more [money emoji] and you will say he chose pep for less money [wink emoji]. They actually need to with Aguero on his own at the moment. Business wise it doesn’t make sense to let Alexis go to United. It will cost City more in the summer to get another.”
While Neville has made a good point about City making a mistake by letting Alexis join United, football fans were loving how he put Balague in his place.
FOOTBALL FANS REACT
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Of course, Neville and Balague are Sky Sports colleagues so the former defender’s little dig was probably tongue-in-cheek.
Either way, this Sanchez transfer saga is set to rumble on for a few more days yet.
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