Man City verbally agree to £60 mn Sanchez deal?
LONDON: Manchester City have reached a verbal agreement with Arsenal over a £60m transfer for Alexis Sanchez, but the move will not be rubber-stamped until the Gunners have secured a replacement, as per reports.
Having had a £50m bid rejected on Tuesday, City submitted another offer worth around £60m on Wednesday evening, a figure the Gunners approved on Thursday.
The London club will only sign-off on the deal if they can recruit another forward in the remaining hours of this summer's transfer window.
That is now the main obstacle that stands in the way of City finally securing Sanchez's services, having coveted the Chile international for several months.
Arsenal had been keen to include Raheem Sterling in the deal but City made it clear from the outset that would not be an option.
Arsenal have reignited their interest in Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, as they believe the money they would receive from the Sanchez deal would allow them to tempt Monaco into selling.
Liverpool are also interested in the France international, however, and sources have said that the Reds are confident of securing his signature.
Julian Draxler has also been mooted as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez but Goal understands that move will not happen and that Lemar is the club's first-choice target at this late stage of the window.
The Gunners' struggle to add to the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac this summer is partly because of their failure to offload fringe players on high salaries.