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Manchester City ready to walk away from Alexis Sánchez deal after United interest

• Premier League leaders not prepared to offer more than £20m to Arsenal
• City prepared to allow Sánchez to join Manchester rivals

Manchester City are prepared to walk away from a deal to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez. The Premier League leaders feel the overall price for signing the Chile forward this month – transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands – is currently too high and must come down.

City are not concerned if this stance opens up a route for another club, even arch-rivals Manchester United, to step in. Sánchez has long been a target for City and they offered £60m for the 29-year-old, without success, last summer. They would now hope to do a deal for a fee of around £20m but are understood to have been quoted £35m.

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