Arsene hints at Jan­uary exit for City tar­get Alexis

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

ARSENE Wenger has put City on alert after ad­mit­ting Ar­se­nal could be ready to sell Alexis Sanchez in Jan­uary.

The Gun­ners boss has re­mained hope­ful the Chilean could be con­vinced to sign a new con­tract be­fore his cur­rent deal ex­pires at the end of the sea­son.

But with Sanchez able to ne­go­ti­ate with for­eign clubs from Jan­uary, Ar­se­nal are now re­signed to the prospect of los­ing their prize as­set.

City, who saw a £60m deal col­lapse on trans­fer dead­line day, had planned to move again for the 28-year-old when he be­comes a free agent next sum­mer.

But Pep Guardi­ola is aware he could miss out on the striker, with some of Europe’s giants such as Paris St Ger­main ready to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est.

City would only be pre­pared to pay a sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced fee for Sanchez - but Ar­se­nal know this will be their last chance to re­coup any­thing on the player they paid £30m for in 2014.

Asked if he would be will­ing to cash in on the player mid­way through the sea­son, Wenger said: “In our sit­u­a­tion, we have en­vis­aged every so­lu­tion. It is pos­si­ble.”

Ar­se­nal ac­cepted a £60m bid in the fi­nal days of the trans­fer win­dow. But their fail­ure to sign Monaco’s Thomas Le­mar prompted them to aban­don the deal.

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