- Arsenal rejected a £50m bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez
- Sanchez’s Arsenal contract is winding down and he is desperate to join City
- Raheem Sterling’s part in the deal was put in at the Gunner’s behest
Arsenal rejected an extraordinary £50million bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez on Tuesday, Sportsmail can reveal.
City made their move for Pep Guardiola’s top attacking target with just two days until the transfer window closed.
Sanchez, whose contract runs out at the end of this season, is desperate to join Guardiola’s side.
Arsenal rejected an extraordinary £50million bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez
City are determined to sign Sanchez with Raheem Sterling possibly going the other way
Sportsmail understands Raheem Sterling was offered as a makeweight in the deal, but was discussed in negotiations at Arsenal’s behest.
City are expected to go in with another offer on on Wednesday as they attempt to land the Chilean. Staff members are on standby to conduct a medical in South America if Arsenal accept a larger bid.
It comes as Sanchez asks to leave the Chile national team camp in order to sort out his club future, according to reports in the South American country.
Arsenal are desperate to keep Sanchez, who has one year left on his contract at the Gunners
SANCHEZ IN 2016-17
Club games: 51
Minutes played: 4,229
Minutes per goal: 141
Cups won: 1 (FA Cup)
Arsenal are desperate to keep Sanchez, who has one year left on his contract, leading City to make this unexpected and unprecedented offer.
The Gunners will not let their star man go without a player in exchange so close to Thursday’s transfer deadline and have asked City about a move for Sergio Aguero.
It shows City’s determination to sign Sanchez that they have raised their offer to this level and including Sterling, who has begun the season in good form.
The England international – currently with Gareth Southgate’s squad for qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia – has scored two crucial goals already in the Premier League – the late equaliser at home to Everton and an even later winner at Bournemouth.