Manchester City round-up: Sanchez deal falls through; West Brom defender unlikely; Bony verges on Swansea return
It had been billed as one of the biggest potential moves of transfer deadline day, but Manchester City look certain to miss out on signing Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez before the window closes.
BBC Sport understand that Pep Guardiola has admitted defeat in their pursuit of the 28-year-old after seeing Arsene Wenger’s side fail to find a replacement in time – despite having a principle agreement.
City had tabled a second bid of £55 million (plus £5 million in add-ons) and, providing Arsenal found an immediate replacement, the deal had potential to be completed, but the north Londoners didn’t.
It is thought – as reported by Sky Sports – that a proposed £92 million move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar broke down, and that made it all-but impossible for a Sanchez move to materialise.
With Sanchez entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates – and with contract negotiations yet to commence with Arsenal – it’s likely that he’ll be available to leave on a free transfer next year.
The disappointment didn’t end there for Manchester City on transfer deadline day though as it’s becoming increasingly likely that West Brom will keep hold of their central defender Jonny Evans.
According to sources close to the Birmingham Mail, the Baggies haven’t received any further indication that the Blues will make another offer to try and tempt the 29-year-old to the Etihad.
It had been highly-tipped at the start of the day that Guardiola would test West Brom’s resolve following their opening offer of £18 million last week, looking to bolster his options at the back.
But it has all gone a little quiet on the Evans front as the day has progressed and it appears that Manchester City will go into their Premier League tie with Liverpool without any fresh additions.
Yet it seems like there will be imminent news of an outgoing transfer at the Etihad before the Thursday deadline, with Wilfried Bony travelling to Swansea to undertake a medical.
A move had been in the balance but, with Sky Sports detailing that Fernando Llorente’s move to Tottenham is all-but officially confirmed, Swans boss Paul Clement has made a move for the Ivorian.
It is understood that Bony is currently in Wales to finalise the formalities of a deal, with Sky Sports alleging a £12 million transfer fee will head City’s way, and his torrid time in Manchester is at an end.
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