Manchester City have made an incredible player-plus-cash offer for Alexis Sanchez.
They have offered to put Raheem Sterling into the deal to try and sign Sanchez before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Arsenal have insisted that Sanchez is not for sale even though he only has one year left on his contract.
But Mirror Sport understands there has now been direct contact between the clubs – and City have made the shock offer involving Sterling.
England star Sterling has started the season well, scoring the winner at Bournemouth and equaliser against Everton.
But this will be a major surprise for Sterling as City look to shake up their squad and pull off a major deal.
City believe a player-plus-cash deal is the only way that Arsenal may be tempted to sell Sanchez.
They had been expected to bid this week and have now finally gone for it but it is unlikely Arsenal will sanction the sale.
Arsenal may only be tempted by around £70m but City have not offered that in straight cash.