Manchester United are prepared to pay Alexis Sanchez more than £350,000 per week, as the club lead the chase to sign the Chilean.
Sky Sports News understands United are confident of completing a £35m deal to sign Sanchez in front of rivals City, who have wanted him since the summer.
United are understood to be confident they have the right package in place to satisfy both the Gunners and Sanchez, and boss Arsene Wenger admitted on Sunday he could be gone within 48 hours.
Whereas City are unwilling to pay more than £20m for a player who is out of contract in the summer, and unprepared to pay him more than their current stars such as Kevin de Bruyne, United are happy to meet Arsenal’s £35m asking price, pay £5m to his agents, and hand the player more than £18m a year.
One source has told Sky Sports News that, in fact, City have all but given up on signing a player they had agreed a £60m deal for in the summer but did not arrive because of Arsenal’s failure to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco.