Manchester City have finally walked away from the Alexis Sanchez deal after a day of crunch talks within the club.
But Chelsea are now being said to have made a late bid to rival Manchester United’s interest in the Arsenal ace – and that could push the fee even higher than the £35million the Reds are prepared to pay.
City, who would not go over their £20million bid, have left the door open to Sanchez – who had indicated he was desperate to join up with Pep Guardiola again.
But the feeling among the City hierarchy is that Sanchez, desperate to leave the Emirates, will opt for a deal which will make him the highest-paid player at Old Trafford – with reports suggesting he will bag £400,000 a week.
That eclipsed the £275,000 a week that City had agreed with Sanchez in the summer, and which they were still ready to pay after resurrecting the deal in this window.