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Tuesday 23 October 2018

City will wait until Summer to launch bid for Sanchez

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City are unlikely to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez in January.

The Premier League leaders are now happy to wait until next summer for their long-term target after making such a superb start to the season.

City realise Sanchez, who is in the final year of his Gunners contract, could sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere from January but that is unlikely to influence their thinking.

The club do not feel it makes a lot of sense to sign the Chilean mid-season and potentially risk disrupting the attacking balance of a squad that has swept almost all before them this term.

The 29-year-old has also been linked with Paris St Germain but, while an offer has not been completely ruled out in certain circumstances, City will not be hurried by the transfer policies of other clubs.

City had a bid worth up to £60million for Sanchez accepted on deadline day in August but a deal could not be finalised as Arsenal were unable to secure a replacement.

Any disappointment felt over that, however, has hardly shown up as a shortcoming in City's squad. City are unbeaten and lead the Premier League by 11 points after winning their last 16 games. They are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League and the League Cup semi-finals.

City's feelings on the Sanchez situation are connected to a general reluctance to do business during the January transfer window unless there is a clear necessity to strengthen a certain position. One such exception could be at centre-back, where City have appeared short of options of late with John Stones and Vincent Kompany both suffering injuries, with West Brom's Jonny Evans linked.

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