03 July 2017

Manchester City fear it is now or never in their pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez as transfer ban looms

MANCHESTER CITY fear it is now or never in their pursuit of Arsenal superstar Alexis Sanchez.

The Etihad club could be banned from making transfers for TWO windows in a row over superkid Benjamin Garre.

Manchester City see it as now or never to sign Alexis Sanchez
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola may be hit with a transfer ban
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Argentina side Velez Sarsfield claim City broke rules to snap up the player when he turned 16.

The case will now be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Fifa rejected their complaint.

And, if Velez win, City risk being banned from signing players in January and then next summer.

That could have a huge impact on Pep Guardiola’s hopes of being reunited with his ex-Barcelona star Sanchez.

The Chilean, 28, is out of contract next summer and will threaten to walk away for free in 12 months if the Gunners do not grant him a move to City.

But if this transfer ruling goes against them, the £50million-rated hotshot could find his escape route blocked.

Alexis Sanchez’s contract will expire next summer
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Alexis Sanchez scored 30 goals for Arsenal last season
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Alexis Sanchez and Pep Guardiola went up against each other last season

Velez claim City made their approach to Garre when he was only 15 — and that the transfer should not have been allowed until he was 18.

Fifa waved the deal through last September because Garre holds an Italian passport.

But Velez chief Bernardo Bertelloni said: “City argued there is an exception in Fifa rules as he has a European passport. But the Fifa rule does not say that — it says he can move only within the EU, between EU clubs.”

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all been hit with transfer bans in recent years.

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CAS will begin to hear the case today, with a verdict not expected for several weeks. That means City’s huge recruitment drive can continue, with boss Guardiola looking to bring in at least five more new faces this summer.

Bernardo Silva and Ederson have already joined from Monaco and Benfica, but Sanchez is seen as their key target.

Meanwhile, Guardiola is confident of landing a second player from the French champions — Benjamin Mendy.

The left-back, 22, has told Monaco he wants to join City in a £40m deal despite interest from Liverpool.

Manchester City have already completed signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco
Manchester City have already completed the signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco
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Manchester City made Ederson the most expensive goalkeeper in history
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And Guardiola is now hoping Mendy will be on the flight when his squad jet off for their pre-season tour of America in a fortnight.

City also expect to complete the free transfer signing of Dani Alves in the next few days after he quit Juventus.

But they are still refusing to meet Tottenham’s £50m asking price for England right-back Kyle Walker.

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