Manchester City to bid for Alexis Sanchez this week

Thomas Lemar celebrates scoring for France against Holland

City have sent a delegation to Chile in anticipation that the club will agree a fee with the Gunners for Sanchez, who is now on global duty in Santiago.

Arsenal has rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City's Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Friday's transfer deadline.

Arsenal have rejected a bid of £50 million from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez, Goal understands.

Alexis is with Chile ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Bolivia but City are prepared to fly out reprentatives in a bid to conclude a transfer before the transfer window closes at 23:00 BST on Thursday.

Jonny Evans is staying at West Brom having been linked with Manchester City
Jonny Evans is staying at West Brom having been linked with Manchester City

Manager Arsene Wenger had insisted all summer that Sanchez would not be sold, but that stance had softened after Sunday's 4-0 loss to Liverpool, when the player's mindset and performance were widely questioned.

"Not only have we lost a great player we've lost a great guy in the changing room and It is sad to see you go mate".

Ramsey is the only one of those five precocious players, famously pictured alongside one another as they all penned new deals in December 2012, who finds himself a first-team regular at the club.

ESPN's Mattias Karen shares his thoughts on Arsenal's transfer activity as they look to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez. Nevertheless, they end the window having made just two signings in the form of Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, while six players head into the final season of their Arsenal contracts destined to leave on a free next summer.

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