Manchester City ready to make history in swoop for Alexis Sanchez

Josh Challies

Manchester City have already spent heavily this summer to bring Bernardo Silva to the club from Monaco and goalkeeper Ederson in from Benfica but Pep Guardiola’s spending spree shows no signs of stopping.

The Citizens continue to be linked to a wealth of huge names ahead of the Premier League’s return in August, as Guardiola sides aim to snatch the title from Chelsea next season and storm to success in the Champions League.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez may well be crucial to their ambitions and The Daily Star states Manchester City are ready to flex their financial muscles in the market with a fresh £50m for the 28-year-old who has less than 12 months remaining on his contract.

Significantly, the Citizens are prepared to make Alexis the highest-paid player in their history with a whopping contract offer of £275k-a-week for the two-time Copa America winner, which Alexis may find difficult to turn down.

A final decision on Alexis’ future could be delayed though due to Chile’s involvement in the Confederations Cup, which begins this weekend, and the longer the situation drags on, the more difficult it may be for Arsenal to retain his services.

However, Arsene Wenger has made it clear he does not intend to part ways with the man who netted 30 goals across all competitions last season and the Gunners will be desperate not to sanction a departure to a Premier League rival – which makes Bayern Munich the favourites for his signature.

Interestingly though, Arsenal blogger SheWore claimed this weekend that the Gunners had agreed a deal in principle with Alexis Sanchez worth £280k-a-week for three years, with Wenger informing the South American that Arsenal are in advanced negotiations for two high-profile players.

It’s said that Alexis turned down a huge offer of £40m-a-year in China to remain at Arsenal and a new contract will be announced within the next two weeks, whilst Mesut Ozil is ‘99% likely’ to also pen a new deal.

It’s certainly conceivable that Arsenal have reached a resolution with both players as the Gunners are not reluctant to spend this summer, having been linked with a world-record move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, and it would be a huge statement of intent from the Gunners.

However, a £280k-a-week deal would shatter the strict wage structure in place at the Emirates Stadium and would likely lead to plenty of negotiations with other squad members regarding a significantly increased salary.

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