Alexis Sanchez has reportedly turned down a £400,000-a-week offer from Hebei China Fortune, because he wants to play for Manchester City.
The Express write that Hebei China Fortune were willing to pay Alexis £21m after tax, to bring the Chilean to the Chinese Super League.
However, the 28-year-old apparently gave no thought to the offer, as he wants to reunite with Pep Guardiola. The article also claims that City are likely to come back with an offer in the January transfer window, although they won’t go as high as they did back in August.
Over the summer, Manchester City’s bid for the Arsenal forward reached £55m plus £5m in add-ons, according to reports.
The Gunners planned to use the money to sign Thomas Lemar, but when that deal didn’t go through, neither did the one for Sanchez – mainly because City waited until deadline day to make their move for Alexis, no doubt a ploy to deprive Arsenal of their star man while ensuring they did not have time to sign a replacement.
Right now, the feeling in the Arsenal fanbase seems to be that it would be better to move Alexis on and bring in his replacement as soon as possible.
Not only because that would help ease the new player in for next season, but also because Alexis seems to be doing as much harm as good for the team at the moment.
If City are offering anything reasonable, and there’s a chance the Gunners could go back in for someone like Lemar, that’d probably be the most popular decision.