Alexis Sanchez at Manchester City after a frustrating day

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No Alexis Sanchez at Manchester City after a frustrating day

Manchester City were frustrated in their efforts to sign long-term target Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal pulled the plug late in the day after failing to secure a deal themselves for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

City had offered £55million plus £5m in add ons, a £10m improvement on their original bid, and Press Association Sport understands Arsenal were prepared to accept it providing they could find a replacement in time.

However, Arsenal reportedly saw a late £92m fee agreed for Lemar, for whom Monaco had already turned down two bids from Liverpool, but with the midfielder playing for France in a World Cup qualifier against Holland on Thursday night, it soon became apparent there was no time to complete the formalities, especially with the player favouring a move to Anfield.

That left Arsenal with no option but to back out of the agreement with City, who had been tracking Sanchez all summer as the player entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates despite Gunners boss Arsene Wenger consistently maintaining the player would not be sold.

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