Manch­ester City wait­ing to wel­come Alexis Sanchez

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - Daily Mail

Clau­dio Bravo says Manch­ester City are ready to wel­come Alexis Sanchez to the club with 'open arms' should he man­age to ag­i­tate his way out of Ar­se­nal this sum­mer.

The for­ward has en­tered the last year of his con­tract at the Emi­rates and has set his sights on a re­union with Manch­ester City Man­ager Pep Guardiola, with whom he played un­der at Barcelona.

While Ar­se­nal have so far re­fused to en­ter­tain the idea of sell­ing their star player to a Pre­mier League ri­val, Sanchez's Chile in­ter­na­tional team­mate Bravo has re­as­sured him that the door will re­main open.

“'If he de­cides to go, we'll wait for him with open arms at City,” Bravo told 24 Ho­ras.

That will be re­as­sur­ing news for Sanchez, who may have to wait a whole 12 months be­fore even­tu­ally join­ing the goal­keeper at the Eti­had Sta­dium. In­deed, Arsene Wenger has in­sisted the club would


rather lose Sanchez for noth­ing next sum­mer than sell now. Of course, Ar­se­nal will still hope to even­tu­ally con­vince Sanchez to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion at the club, but Sports­mail un­der­stands the prospect of such an oc­cur­rence is look­ing bleaker than ever.


Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Emi­rates of­fi­cials and Sanchez's ad­vi­sors have bro­ken down with Ar­se­nal's of­fer of £275 000-per-week – in­clud­ing a 20 per cent wage rise if and when they re-qual­ify for the Cham­pi­ons League, fail­ing to sway him.

Sanchez was due back in train­ing with Ar­se­nal this week­end but used In­sta­gram to re­veal he had been struck down by ill­ness with the in­sin­u­a­tion that his re­turn would be slightly de­layed.

There is no sug­ges­tion that Sanchez will refuse to re­turn in or­der to seal an exit but that may end up be­ing the only way he wears the sky blue shirt.


OPEN ARMS: Manch­ester City Goal keeper Clau­dio Bravo with Ar­se­nal For­ward Alexis Sanches .

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