Chelsea have made a late move to hijack Manchester United’s deal for Alexis Sanchez as Antonio Conte looks to bolster his attack, according to metro.co.uk reports.
The Chilean was widely expected to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, though United made a late move to sign him and offered both a bigger transfer fee and more lucrative salary package.
That has prompted City to withdraw from the running, but now the Manchester Evening News claim that Jose Mourinho’s hopes of signing Sanchez could be undone by his old club Chelsea.
Antonio Conte has made little secret of his appreciation for Sanchez in the past, and now the west Londoners are prepared to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge.
While United are still confident of completing a deal, Chelsea’s involvement could now push the fee even higher than the £35m United are willing to pay which was already £15m more than City’s maximum offer.
Sanchez is believed to be dead set on leaving Arsenal in January and wants to start challenging for silverware, with that looking unlikely with either the Gunners or Chile who failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.
Chelsea remains in the Champions League, though face a testing last-16 clash against Sanchez’s old club Barcelona, while the Chilean is believed to enjoy life in London.
However, while Chelsea may be able to match United’s transfer offer, they are unlikely to be able to match their salary offer.
The Red Devils are willing to make Sanchez the highest paid player in the Premier League on £400,000 a week, smashing the salary currently earned by Paul Pogba, and it is a long way outside Chelsea’s wage structure.