Arsenal have also agreed to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool as part of a mass exodus that leaves the Gunners in crisis
MANCHESTER CITY will make a fresh £60million bid for Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal face deadline-day meltdown.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is already heading to Liverpool for £40m, though the Gunners plan to hijack City’s bid for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.
But the stampede out of the Emirates is likely to continue with boss Arsene Wenger swinging the axe and admitting making a £90m triple blunder with last summer’s deals.
That could see Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez — plus Calum Chambers — on the Emirates scrapheap, all after Kieran Gibbs moved to West Brom in a £7m deal.
City chiefs will table another straight cash offer for Sanchez just 24 hours after their first £50m bid was rejected.
Defender Evans, 29, seems set to join Arsenal for £30m.
But losing Sanchez, 28, will be a hammer blow to Gunners fans after Wenger vowed he would not let him quit and preferred to let the South American run down the final year of his contract.
Now the Gunners boss is facing up to the inevitable and City officials have flown to Chile ready for Sanchez’s medical.
Etihad chiefs remain adamant they are only interested in a cash deal and that Arsenal proposed either Raheem Sterling or Sergio Aguero moving in part-exchange.
Ox turned his back on Chelsea to join Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield side on a five-year deal worth £120,000 a week — £60,000 a week LESS than he was offered to stay at Arsenal.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, was having his Liverpool medical at England’s St George’s Park HQ last night before travelling with the Three Lions for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Malta.
Klopp told Oxlade-Chamberlain he wants him at the heart of his team in central midfield while Antonio Conte hoped to use the versatile star as a wing-back at champions Chelsea.
SunSport understands Wenger has finally accepted his midfield needs a major overhaul after Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool with last summer’s three major signings all on their way out.
Xhaka, who cost £38.25m from Borussia Monchengladbach, is the highest-profile casualty after the furious Arsenal boss’ patience snapped in the aftermath of his side’s Anfield drubbing.
Swiss star Xhaka was ridiculed for trying a crazy back-heel in his own penalty area and was at fault for Roberto Firmino’s opener.
Wenger also accepts Mustafi’s time is already up, barely a year after signing the German defender from Valencia for £34.85m.
Perez, a £17m signing from Deportivo La Coruna a year ago, has scored just once and is set for a loan back to the Spaniards.
Wenger also has his eyes on Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez and Nice’s £40m-rated midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
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