Raheem Sterling wouldn't strengthen Arsenal - Gary Neville

Sky Sports is reporting that Arsenal has shot down a near $65 million Manchester City bid for Alexis Sanchez'.

Poor Arsenal. Just when you thought their week/season/rudderless-recent-history was at it lowest ebb, Manchester City and their Big Bad Oil Billions arrive to make things even worse.

Having a player of Alexis Sanchez's caliber would be key for Arsenal as it looks to get back into the Champions League places after finishing sixth last season.

The Chilean has refused to sign a new deal and is out of contract at the end of the season at the Emirates.

Pep Guardiola is desperately trying to secure the 28-year-old's arrival before tomorrow's 11pm deadline.

The BBC said should City's offer be more tempting, they might sell if City would also trade Raheem Sterling along with the transaction.

City are not trying to sell Sterling, who has scored in their last two league games, though they are conscious that the 22-year-old England global may prefer a move if competition for places in attack increases should they succeed in their bid for Sanchez.

"Arsenal's transfer window could be more defined by what they lose rather than what they sign".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at Bet365 Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, August 19.

Although Arsenal continues to state Sanchez is not for sale, Sunday's 4-0 loss to Liverpool and the prospect of getting cash along with Sterling together, could prompt Arsene Wenger to act.

This sudden urge to leave seems to have now alerted Man Utd as the Independent claim they have held talks via intermediary agents about the possibility of taking Sanchez to Old Trafford.

It also follows in wake of other rumours that Sanchez has put in a transfer request, which was reportedly denied by the club yesterday.

The Chilean worldwide team have since confirmed that Sanchez remains part of their squad ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

  • Julie Sanders