Arsenal will refuse to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City as they know the transfer would anger supporters, according to the Mirror.
Recent speculation has claimed that the Chilean is closing in on a move to the Etihad which would see him reunited with former boss Pep Guardiola.
However, the latest report claims Arsenal will refuse to sell him to City even though the club are willing to pay Arsenal £50m for the 28-year-old, £10m more than Bayern Munich.
Guardiola’s side are believed to be willing to offer Sanchez a deal worth £280,000-a-week and have made him their top target, despite being aware how difficult a deal may be to complete.
City have already signed Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson this summer and are also being heavily linked with a move for Kyle Walker as they set about strengthening their squad.
The report suggests Arsenal’s refusal to do business with a Premier League rival now makes Bayern the most likely destination for Sanchez.
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The Chilean spoke out about his future last week saying negotiations were all in his agent’s hands as his concentrates on the Confederations Cup with Chile.
If Arsenal were to allow Sanchez to go for City there would be huge unrest among supporters, on the back of a season which saw plenty of protests.
If Sanchez must leave, and unless he signs a new deal that appears to be the only option, it’s clear that a move abroad would be the preferred choice.