Manchester City are set to make a fresh bid for Alexis Sanchez in January — but only if they can get him on the cheap.
The Chilean is out of contract at the Emirates next summer and is free to speak to overseas clubs from January.
And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he could sell him and midfielder Mesut Ozil in the winter window rather than lose £100m worth of talent for nothing when their contracts expire at season's end.
According to the Mirror, Sanchez has made up his mind to move to the Etihad, which leaves City in a strong position.
They failed with a deadline-day £60m offer for the 29-year-old in August and could yet sign him as a free agent, when the player would also get a more lucrative contract.
If City do move for Sanchez in January, it would be for a fraction of the money on offer in the summer, as his value could plummet to as little as £20m with just six months left on his contract.
Sanchez would also not be cup-tied for the Champions League — another attraction for City boss Pep Guardiola, who signed him for Barcelona in 2011.
Gunners chief Wenger appears to have played into City’s hands by admitting the Londoners might have to cut their losses on Sanchez and Ozil rather than lose them on frees.
When asked whether Arsenal would have to consider selling in January, Wenger admitted: “Once you are in our kind of situation we have envisaged every kind of solution, yes. Yes, it’s possible.”