Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UNITED OFFERED Sanchez

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UNITED OFFERED Sanchez

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UNITED have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez - despite intense competition from City.

Sanchez, 29, has seemed destined to join City in either the January transfer window or the summer as he runs down his Arsenal contract, which expires at the end of June.

However, M.E.N. Sport understands United have received new hope of signing Sanchez, having contacted the Chile international's representatives earlier this season.

It is understood United initially touched base with Sanchez's camp after a deadline day move to City fell through. United are believed to have been quoted an eye-watering £25m fee for Sanchez, which is the figure City are said to be trying to negotiate with Arsenal to sign him this month.

City are believed to be reluctant to meet Sanchez's financial demands and a City insider said Sanchez 'must decide whether to put trophies before money'. A second City source insists the club is 'not desperate' to sign Sanchez this month and supporters should expect a 'big signing' in the summer if a move for the Arsenal talisman fails to materialise. The champions-elect's failure to ? Continued on page 63

Sticking point over terms may just let UNITED in The championselect's failure to finalise terms with SANCHEZ's agent has opened up an opportunity for UNITED to negotiate a package. It is thought SANCHEZ's representatives are looking for a £300,000-a-week wage packet for their client as they whip up an auction between the Premier League's top two. UNITED have been encouraged to blindside City having used a similar tactic to recruit Romelu Lukaku from under Chelsea's noses. UNITED worked on deals for Lukaku and Alvaro Morata simultaneously in the summer after it emerged the Belgian would prefer to join UNITED over Chelsea. Lukaku was UNITED's principal No.9 target but the club expected him to return to the champions. …

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