- Manchester City had £55m + £5m bid for Alexis accepted
- Arsenal would only sell if they signed replacement
- Thomas Lemar opted against £92m Arsenal move
- Arsenal forced to cancel deal for Alexis
Manchester City have ended their pursuit for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, after the deal collapsed due to the Gunners’ failure to sign a replacement, reports the Guardian.
Arsenal had initially accepted a deadline day bid worth £55m + £5m in add-ons for the 28-year-old, but the move hinged on whether they could procure the signature of AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in time.
The report states Arsenal had a £92m (€100m) bid accepted for the French international but struggled to negotiate personal terms as Lemar playing a World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands.
The Gunners didn’t have the time to agree a contract with the player and put him through a medical before the transfer window shut, which meant Manchester City also failed to sign Alexis.
It’s a big blow for the Sky Blues as Pep Guardiola was keen on renewing acquaintances with the player he bought during his time as Barcelona manager.
Arsenal will be bittersweet about the news. They didn’t get Lemar, but they’ve managed to keep a player who scored and created 34 goals in 36 Premier League starts last season instead.
Manchester City may renew their interest during the January transfer window, however, as Alexis is in the last year of his deal and has yet to put pen to paper on an extension.