Manchester City have decided to make a u-turn and end their interest in signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
It was learnt that the club have decided the cost of pursuing the 29-year-old would be prohibitively expensive.
Manager Pep Guardiola, the club’s owner Khaldoon al Mubarak and other senior officials are all said to be in agreement.
It is understood the wages being demanded by Sanchez would have put him ahead of all City’s star men, something the club decided against doing.
City’s decision has now left Manchester United as favourites to sign the Chile international after indicating they are willing to meet the Gunners’ £35m asking price for the forward.
BBC reported that sources with knowledge of the situation say they understand Chelsea are also interested in the player.
They claim the overall package being negotiated is higher than the £60m for which Arsenal agreed to sell Sanchez to City in the summer.
City still believe Sanchez would prefer to join them, given his past relationship with Guardiola and the fact he pushed to join them in the summer.
However, they view it as highly unlikely Sanchez will drop his financial demands to a level that would allow them to resume talks.