Gary Neville still expected Manchester City to “wake up” and offer extra money for Alexis Sanchez despite reports that Manchester United are close to sealing a transfer for the Arsenal forward.
Chilean outlet El Mercurio claims Sanchez will earn £350,000 a week at Old Trafford with a £35million move to United nearing completion.
Reports suggest Henrikh Mkhitaryan will head to Arsenal as part of the deal with City not prepared to offer more than £20million for the Chile international.
And Neville has revealed his shock that Man United are closing in on Sanchez when it seemed that he was Man City-bound for so many months.
“The reports are suggesting he’s going to sign for United in the next few hours or 24 hours,” he said on Sky Sports.
“As a United fan I still can’t believe it. There was no inkling whatsoever that Alexis Sanchez was going to end up at Manchester United.
“I still think that Manchester City will wake up and offer the extra money and they will get him.
“That’s my mind, just speaking emotionally because he’s been City’s player, everyone knows he’s been City’s player for six, seven months.
“I don’t quite get this ‘City are walking away by not paying’.
“We’re talking about here City offering £290,000-a-week and United offering £350,000.
“City over a ten-year period, whether it be for (Dimitar) Berbatov, whether it would be for (Samir) Nasri, whether it’s for (Carlos) Tevez have fought Manchester United tooth and nail for many players and have always stood up to the task on money.
“Why all of a sudden are they saying no to a player, to be fair, is relatively cheap in the overall package terms?”