Man City and Arsenal open Sanchez talks - The Gambling Times

Man City and Arsenal open Sanchez talks

Manchester City have made fresh contact with Arsenal over Alexis Sanchez.

We revealed last week that City were ready to make a renewed bid for Sanchez, having failed to land him in the summer.

Arsenal’s hierarchy have made a decision that Sanchez can leave, but only at the right price – which is understood to be £30million – half the price they agreed with City for the Chilean last summer.

However, City have already indicated that they do not want to pay more than £20million – but sources close to the situation have told me that a figure of around £25million could get the deal done.

I understand that Sanchez has again reiterated his desire to leave to Arsenal – and they are now ready to listen. Both the player and City are hopeful they can strike a deal this month, rather than waiting until the summer, when he can move on a free transfer.

Bookmakers firmly believe that City will be grabbing Sanchez this month – Unibet list City at 2/9, which is a probability over 80%.

Unibet’s Alistair Gill told us: “Sanchez to Man City in this January transfer window is looking increasingly like a done deal if you are going purely on the market.

“We have seen a huge jump in the money we’ve seen on this one since the window opened, and 70% of that money has come in for City, causing the odds to disappear from 2/1 in to 2/9 in the last couple of weeks.

“Staying at Arsenal looks the only other viable option but those odds are fast going in the opposite direction, 3/4 out to 9/5 in the same period. And even given the difficulty of high profile transfers in Jan, punters don’t seem to fancy it, less than 20% coming in for that outcome.”

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