Arsenal have told Alexis Sanchez he will not be allowed to remain in the Premier League and he must find a new club abroad, ending his hopes of joining Manchester City.
The Chilean winger had been widely expected to link up with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium this summer, but the Gunners are steadfastly refusing to strengthen a domestic rival.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger is still hoping to tie Sanchez down to a new long-term contract but is losing faith in his ability to convince the forward to extend his stay in north London.
And if Sanchez refuses to sign a new contract, Wenger has made it plainly clear that he will not entertain any offers from English clubs, thus making him choose between renewing with the Gunners or leaving his home in England.
It is a dangerous game to play, with Sanchez’s current contract expiring in 2018, meaning he can begin negotiating a free transfer in January.