Manchester City have bid Â£50m for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez as they try to sign him before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The 28-year-old, who scored 24 Premier League goals last season, is out of contract next summer and wants to play again for City manager Pep Guardiola.
Arsenal have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal.
But Guardiola is understood to want the Chilean as a straight purchase.
England forward Sterling, 22, has featured in all three of City’s games so far this season.
However he is not guaranteed a starting role at Etihad Stadium following the summer arrival of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.
BBC Sport understands Sterling would be interested in moving back to London should he become part of the Sanchez deal.
City, though, fear their offer will be rejected.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said earlier this month that Sanchez would “respect” his decision and stay.
The Chilean made his first appearance of the season in Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, coming off for Alexandre Lacazette after 62 minutes.
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy says Arsenal cannot afford to lose Sanchez.
“If they let him go they’re in a world of trouble. They’re in a world of trouble anyway,” Murphy said on Match of the Day 2.
“He worked hard enough [at Liverpool] but as the game went away from Arsenal you could see him getting frustrated.
“His body language wasn’t good when he came off – in fact before he came off you could tell he was despondent.” (BBC.COM)