Manchester City are yet to give up on the notion of signing Alexis Sanchez despite reports to the contrary.
Several reports on Monday afternoon claimed that Pep Guardiola was meeting chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain to make a final decision on the Chilean.
City have been adamant that they will pay no more than £20m for Sanchez, whose Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season, while Manchester United are willing to pay £35m to Arsenal and £400,000-a-week wages to the player himself.
The Daily Mirror claim that a move to City is “highly unlikely” but a final decision will be made on Monday.
Sanchez has always been clear in his intention to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at City, but has not seemingly had his head turned by the riches on offer at United.
Alexis Sanchez rejecting City is so out of character. Watching the likes of Richard Dunne, Steve Lomas, Niall Quinn & Paul Dickov was the reason he got into football in the first place. Now he's betraying all of that to go to some unknown club *just* for the money. Disgraceful.
— Doc (@Doc_Joshi) January 15, 2018
City must now decide whether keeping Sanchez out of the clutches of United would be worth paying above the odds for Sanchez.
The Guardian say that City are close to accepting ‘that the forward will not join unless he is performs a U-turn and decides the attraction of playing under Pep Guardiola for the champions-elect means he would prefer a move to City’.