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Reports: United frontrunners, Chelsea in, City out in Sanchez sweepstakes

Chelsea v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Semi-Final: First Leg

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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According to multiple reports across England, Chelsea has made a late entrance to the Alexis Sanchez sweepstakes, while early favorite Manchester City has backed out.

Manchester United remains the frontrunner to sign the Arsenal playmaker after making an offer reportedly far higher than City wished to go, but Chelsea has entered the fray, and the Gunners will profit on an old-fashioned bidding war despite the Chilean’s contract out in the summer.

Everything checks out in the scheme of the Premier League season. Manchester City is bursting at the seams with attacking talent, and doesn’t need to break the bank for a 29-year-old money hungry playmaker. Manchester City is looking to upgrade from Henrikh Mkhitaryan who has underwhelmed at Old Trafford in a pidgeon-holed role under Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics. Chelsea has fired blanks in three straight league games, and suddenly needs to compliment Eden Hazard with attacking ability in the middle of the field.

Reports for the last few days have suggested that Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich is asking for a huge signing fee, agent fee, and wages to ink his client, which has spooked Pep Guardiola and the rest of the Manchester City brass looking to manage a roster already overflowing with large contracts for superstar players. Reports say the player is hoping for wages high enough to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League with a yearly salary nearing $29 million.

Following Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Monday, when asked about his feelings regarding the club’s chances of signing Sanchez, manager Jose Mourinho said he felt “not confident but also not… what’s the opposite of confident? Unconfident. Not unconfident.”

Earlier this month, it was thought Sanchez could leave for a cut-rate price with Arsenal in a position of weakness due to the player’s contract expiring this summer. However, with suddenly high demand plus the exorbitant demands by Sanchez and his agent, the price to sign the Chilean has begun to skyrocket, leaving clubs grasping at straws as the situation reaches a climax.

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