MANCHESTER CITY fear that they may be blown out of the water by PSG in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean striker is desperate to leave Arsenal and will be free to speak to European clubs in January as he is out-of-contract next summer.
Alexis Sanchez is still not up to full strength after his elongated break from pre-season5
By contrast, Man City must wait until summer to speak to Sanchez.
Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join City, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.
But Paris Saint-Germain are ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.
Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.
He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.
But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.
It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.
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A source revealed: “City’s pursuit of Alexis could be in trouble. Pep is sure he wants to join the club but Paris are sniffing.
“They still have the funds to sign him and can beat City’s wage offer. They will also pay him a huge signing on fee.
“Sanchez can talk to European clubs in January and sign a pre-contract. He’s in a very strong situation.”
PSG have already shelled out a world record £198m to Barcelona for Brazilian superstar Neymar this year.
They also took Mbappe on a season-long loan from Monaco, with a commitment to buy him for £166m next summer.