City's bid had trumped those of both Barcelona and Manchester United but Sanchez told his club he did not want to speak to the FA Cup winners and instead stayed with a Chile training camp, reports The Mirror.
Sanchez is said to favour either Barca or United over City, but the European champions' part cash, part player-swap offer was snubbed in favour of a bid by the Blues, who offered money upfront. City also outbid United, who have tabled a ?27m offer.
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Gino Pozzo, the son of Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo, admitted that the Spanish giants remain the leading contenders for the 22-year-old forward.
'I can say that Barcelona have the advantage over Manchester City right now,' Pozzo said. 'The player has not manifested any particular preference, although naturally we will listen to his opinion.
'We haven't concluded any deal yet because there are still some details to work through.'
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Sanchez isCity's top summer transfer target but Roberto Mancini appeared destinedto miss out on the star's signature after he held talks with the European champions, who had agreed a fee thought to be in the region of ?22m, plus a player.
Buta dramatic turn of events seemed to have re-opened the door for a mega money move to City after Jeffren - a makeweight in Barca's move for Sanchez - revealed he does not want to join the Serie A club.
With Sanchez set to represent the South American country in the Copa America time is running out to finalise a move before the start of the tournament on July 1.
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Source: Daily Mail
Source: Daily Mail