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According to news reports from Spanish publication Don Balon, Real Madrid are confident of hijacking Manchester City’s move to sign Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.
The Citizens, who came close to signing Sanchez on transfer deadline day in August, are clear favourites to secure the Chilean’s signature in January, at odds of just 1/2.
With his current deal at the Emirates due to expire at the end of the season, it was thought that the Premier League table toppers would return with another bid for him next month.
However, according to the Spanish outlet, the reigning European and La Liga champions are also in the race for Sanchez, and Real believe that they can convince Sanchez to return to Spain.
The report claims the Chilean international is still interested in a move to join Man City, but is very must open to listening to offers from Real Madrid despite previously playing for Barcelona.
It would be unfair to claim that the former Barcelona forward has not been in best form for Arsenal this season when the move to join Man City broke down, but his performances have been questionable at best.
Fans have certainly noticed a change in his attitude this season, and it does appear only a matter of time before the Chile international leaves the club.
Sanchez has managed to score seven goals in 17 Premier League appearances – two of which came against Crystal Palace on Thursday night as Arsenal recorded a 3-2 win over the Eagles.
It is understood that his teammates are fed up of his conduct, however, and it would certainly suit Arsene Wenger’s side to sell Sanchez to Real Madrid rather than selling to a direct league rival.
Sanchez, who is rated at £58.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is simply biding his time before he faces the exit door at the Emirates, and with a return to Spanish football on cards, Pep Guardiola’s side could miss out on the attacker to Real Madrid.