Alexis Sanchez has threatened to never play for Arsenal again after the club prevented him from joining Manchester City on deadline day, according to reports.
On Thursday morning, the Gunners had accepted a £60 million offer from City for the Chile international but subsequently pulled the plug on the deal after failing to land a replacement.
Arsenal’s priority was to sign Thomas Lemar and even though their £92m bid was given the green light by Monaco, the 21-year-old declined the chance to move to Arsene Wenger’s side.
Goal now report that Sanchez feels Arsenal have ‘messed around’ with his future and has ‘no motivation’ to continue playing under Wenger.
The report also claims that Sanchez’s agent, Fernando Felicevich, is furious with Arsenal’s decision to put the brakes on the transfer after initially indicating that a deal was possible.
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.
City, meanwhile, will attempt to sign Sanchez in January and believe the 28-year-old could be available for just £30m if he refuses to settle after returning from the international break.
Sanchez has less than a year remaining on his contract with Arsenal and would be available to talk to clubs outside of England in January before leaving on a free transfer next summer.
City are willing to convince Sanchez by offering him a large signing-on fee in addition to a £300,000-a-week salary.
Sanchez was almost convinced that he will sign Chelsea on deadline day & also told his Chile friends about his move on Thursday.
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.