Manchester City's chances of landing Alexis Sanchez may depend on Mesut Ozil's own immediate future at Arsenal.
The Citizens haven't gone out of their way to dismiss reports Pep Guardiola will now be back in January for the Chile winger, having failed to secure a deadline day deal, despite agreeing a £60m fee with the Gunners.
Sources at the Etihad believe Arsene Wenger could be forced to agree a cut-price sale on Sanchez, with clubs currently turning their noses up at Germany midfielder, Ozil.
Like Sanchez, the former Real Madrid midfielder has no intention of signing a new deal and is out of contract next summer.
Arsenal would much prefer to sacrifice Ozil when the window reopens as his impact on the team is considered far less, in addition to earning £80,000 per week more than his rebel team-mate.
It's understood Wenger is also coming under increasing pressure from his board to recoup money for at least one of the pair, with City hearing Ozil's huge wages has his admirers willing to sit tight and obtain him on a free transfer next summer.