Manchester City have made an improved second bid of around £60m for Arsenal’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez.
The Gunners have already rejected a £50m bid from City for the player.
Sanchez, 28, who scored 24 league goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play for City manager Pep Guardiola.
Chilean star Sanchez, 28, has been courted by City all summer and wants to link up with his former manager Pep Guardiola who sees him as the final piece in the puzzle to mount a title challenge this season.
Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
But Guardiola is understood to want the Chilean as a straight purchase.
England forward Sterling, 22, has featured in all three of City’s games so far this season.
However he is not guaranteed a starting role at Etihad Stadium following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.
Alexis Sanchez, of course, famously played for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona where he spent three years, scoring 47 times in 141 games. It’s after his move to Arsenal, though, that the Chilean has stepped up a level to make it to the Tier-1 table (borrowing from a famous Pep quote) of the footballing world.
In 146 games for the Gunners, he’s scored 72 goals, becoming the undisputed talisman of the London club.
Guardiola’s signings this season have all been focused on the defence – with the signings of Kyle Walker, Danilo, and Benjamin Mendy grabbing the headlines – and this is his first move towards signing a genuine A-grade superstar up top for the Citizens.
With his apparent lack of faith in Sergio Aguero set to continue – Sanchez would add the necessary experience to an attack that is scary, yet slightly inexperienced when it comes to mounting a serious challenge.