Manchester City are on high alert after Arsene Wenger failed to rule out Alexis Sanchez leaving in January.
Throughout the whole of last summer, City were tracking the Chilean but failed to prise him away from the Emirates.
With Sanchez’s contract running out next summer, Arsenal look set to cut their losses and cash in.
On the last day of the summer transfer window, Manchester City failed with a £60m bid for the 28-year-old.
The Gunners were prepared to sell, however, when a deal for their replacement Thomas Lemar fell through, they prevented the departure of their talisman
AS Monaco refused to sell Lemar, who was a vital part of their Ligue 1 winning campaign.
Alexis Sanchez remained at the Emirates and has so far made five league appearances.
Arsenal have been unable to agree on a new contract with Alexis Sanchez.
The forward is understood to have his heart set on leaving Arsenal and is refusing any new contract offer.
His contract expires next summer and January is Arsenal’s last chance to sell him for a transfer fee.
“It is possible”
Rather tellingly, Arsene Wenger refused to rule out the sale of Alexis Sanchez this summer.
Last summer, he was adamant that Sanchez would stay, but now he has left the door open for serious discussion.
Manchester City are now expected to pen negotiations with Arsenal regarding a transfer in January.
Mesut Ozil’s contract also expires next summer, however, his negotiations have been “positive”, according to his agent.
Speaking about the pair Wenger said:
“Once you are in our situation, you envisage every solution. It is possible (Sanchez could leave).
I always said just because we didn’t find agreement, it doesn’t mean they will leave.
Both players are happy here – I hope the situation can turn around.”