Manchester City are ready to exchange Raheem Sterling in a player-plus-cash deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, reports have said.
However, club sources are adamant that City want a cash-only deal for Sanchez and say they have not offered Sterling to the Gunners.
Reports have said that Guardiola is now set to sacrifice the 22-year-old by offering him plus money to try to persuade Arsenal to sell them Sanchez, 28, before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Sanchez’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of fierce speculation with the Chile international in the final year of his contract at the Emirates and yet to agree a new deal.
He is currently in Chile for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier with Paraguay, but club sources said City will send staff to carry out a medical in South America if he is refused permission to leave their training camp.
Meanwhile Sterling has been faced with increased competition for a place in Guardiola’s starting XI following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva, and before his start against Bournemouth he was used as a substitute against Brighton and Everton.
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