Manchester City have slapped in a bumper offer to Udinese for winger Alexis Sanchez. City saw their opening after Barcelona climbed down from local press claims that a deal for the Chilean would be closed yesterday.
Sky Italia says City tabled a €40 million cash bid for Sanchez last night and also made him a bumper contract offer over five years.
Barca's last offer was for €28 million plus winger Jeffren Suarez.
Despite City's superior bid, Sanchez still favours a move to Barca, though Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo will have final say.