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Everton have joined the race for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and could force the Premier League leader Manchester City into a January bid.
The Chilean star’s current contract expires at the end of the season and is showing no signs of extended a new one, meaning he will be able to leave the north London club a free transfer.
City tried and failed to do business on deadline day after Arsenal pulled the plug on the move at the last minute after a move for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar failed, and they were expected to go back with a bid when January transfer window re-opens.
However, it has been claimed that City are that angry at the late collapse that no bid will be in January when the window re-opens and they will wait until the end of the season when he will be available for free in the summer.
That stance could change if a rival club make a move in January and as the reports claimed Everton have joined the list of clubs who would like to strike a deal with the Gunners.
With so many clubs in the hunt and big offers in the pipeline, the Chile international is unlikely to accept Everton transfer and City are still in the box seat as the player is keen to link up with Pep Guardiola once again.
Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal in summer of 2014 from Barcelona for a £32m reported transfer fee. He has played in 152 matches so far and scored 74 goals for the club. The Chile international won the two FA Cups with the Gunners.