Manchester City have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.
German giants Bayern Munich have been scared off Sanchez because of the escalating cost of the mega-money transfer deal.
Arsenal are likely to demand in excess of £50m even though the Chile star would be a free agent in a year’s time as his current deal expires next summer.
Sanchez, 28, also wants a huge contract to make him Bayern’s highest-paid player and has demanded in excess of £350,000-a-week.
It means Bayern are cooling on the transfer and unless Sanchez lowers his demands then the deal is highly unlikely.
That means City would have a clear path to move for Sanchez even though Arsenal would be desperate not to sell to a Premier League rival.
City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on Sanchez as he looks to continue his huge spending spree this summer.
Guardiola is desperate to improve City up front as he believes they were wasteful in front of goal last season compared to the chances they created.
That is the reason why he wants to sign Sanchez who scored 24 Premier League goals last season.
Sanchez would pep up City’s strike force even though it could signal a return to Spain for Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal are still desperate to keep Sanchez and have offered him in excess of £275,000-a-week but fear they are fighting a losing battle.
But Arsenal would far rather sell to Bayern than City if Sanchez goes but talks remain open with his advisers and they have not given up on keeping him and Mesut Ozil.