- Alexis Sanchex has rejected a £400,000-a-week China deal to force his move to Manchester City
- The Chilean forward will fancy a reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola
- Arsenal are unlikely to let their starman go in the January tranfer window
Arsenal forward, Alexis Sanchez, snubbed a staggering £400,000 a week offer from China in a bid to force his move to Manchester City.
The Chilean forward was sounded out about moving to Hebei China Fortune in a mega-money move but made it clear his first choice is to reunite with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad when he leaves the Gunners.
The deal to the eastern Asia would have pocketed him a phenomenal £21m per year after tax.
To match the same standard in England, he would have to earn around £800,000 a week to take home the same money in England.
Sanchez, whose contract runs out in June, knows he will not receive anywhere near that figure at the Etihad — nor at any club in England — but is determined to play for the Premier League leaders.
The Etihad outfit thought they had landed the South American on the final day of last summer’s transfer window.
Arsenal were poised to accept City’s £55million offer — plus another £5m in add-ons.
But they pulled the plug on the deal when French winger Thomas Lemar snubbed a move to the Emirates, even though Arsenal had agreed a British record £92m transfer deal with Monaco.
Sanchez has refused to sign a new deal and could leave Arsenal for nothing in the summer.
Boss Arsene Wenger, who paid Barca £35m to sign Sanchez in 2014, insists he will not be sold in January. And ahead of last night’s Etihad clash with Tottenham, City boss Pep Guardiola refused to confirm if he will make a fresh attempt to land Sanchez, 28, next month.
Guardiola candidly said: “On the pitch, I don’t know. The January transfer window is in the winter.
“I don’t know, believe me, I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Sanchez spent three years playing under Guardiola at the Nou Camp but was in the shadow of Lionel Messi.
And the Manchester City boss has previously said: “Even the big, big players who believe that they are top, when they go there they understand that Messi is unique.”
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Arsenal are planning a move for Reading’s highly rated academy boss Lee Herron.
Emirates chiefs want Herron to work under Per Mertesacker from next season when the German hangs up his boots to become Gunners’ academy manager.
Herron who took over from Eamonn Dolan 15 months ago after 16 years in Royals’ youth set-up and has seen several players progress into the England youth teams.
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