Alexis Sanchez has told his Chile team-mates that he is joining Manchester City, according to reports.
Arsenal have reportedly accepted City’s improved offer of £60 million for the 28-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
La Tercera claims that on Thursday morning, Sanchez gathered all of his Chile team-mates together to inform them that he will be making the move to Pep Guardiola’s side before the transfer deadline.
Sanchez, who is currently at Chile’s training base in Santiago, is said to have received a loud applause after he broke the news.
Earlier this week, City had a £50m offer rejected for Sanchez but submitted an improved bid on Thursday morning.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are already in negotiations to sign a replacement with Julian Draxler and Thomas Lemar believed to be on the shortlist.
Arsenal have reportedly asked Paris Saint-Germain to be kept informed about the Germany international’s availability, given that he is yet to start a league game since Neymar’s arrival from Barcelona.
Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £90m bid for Thomas Lemar (Reuters)
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Lemar is also one of Liverpool’s priority targets after the club secured the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier on Thursday.
Arsenal have had three bids for Lemar rejected by Monaco this summer, including an offer of £50m.
But reports now claim that a £90m bid has been submitted by Arsenal for the 21-year-old, who is due to feature for France in their World Cup qualifier against Netherlands on Thursday evening.