Sanchez is reported to have asked for a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £400,000-a-week, as well as a £15million signing-on fee. Something which is likely to cost the Citizens around £124m this month for a 29-year-old. Quite understandable for other clubs if they would have baulked at this but this is City so reports of them being comfortable would be quite impossible frankly. Manchester United and Manchester City are both battling for his signature but it seems Jose Mourinho’s side may have the upper hand with reports coming by Sky Sports Italia claiming that City are infact losing ground with they stubborn stance and confidence over Sanchez coming in the summer if not now giving United the upperhand and the scope of an agreement with the Chilean in what should have been otherwise a done deal for the Chilean.
Sky in Italy: Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal & ready to include Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of deal— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 11, 2018
Wonderful indeed and while all this happens behind the scenes, here is what Arsene Wenger had to Say about everything happening, the possibility of Sanchez leaving now or in the summer and search for his replacement. However even though he did concede that Sanchez might leave, he seemed vehemently opposed to the idea of Sanchez leaving without an replacement and that is what might keep Alexis beyond this window. Here is what he had to say ahead of the game against Bournemouth :
⚽️📣 Lo United e’ vicino all’accordo economico con Sanchez. Poi si tratterà con Arsenal per Gennaio! @SkySport— Mario Giunta (@MarioGiunta) January 12, 2018
Look, honestly I cannot tell you much more at the moment about this situation. Nothing is really concrete at the moment.You conclude that. You could say that at the moment… it’s not that I don’t want to inform you, I don’t want to give you wrong information and at the moment I must say nothing is decided one way or the other.
On the possibility of a bidding war between the Manchester Clubs :
A bidding war is always beneficial to the club who can take advantage of it. We are not in that. I maintain what I’ve said many times. Normally, he should stay here until the end of the season but we’ll see.