Confirmed: Liverpool agreed a deal to sign €76m goal-machine

ALEXIS SANCHEZ was on the verge of joining Liverpool – but desires of London saw him join Arsenal.

The Chile international arrived at the Emirates in 2014, costing the Gunners around £32million from Barcelona.

Since moving to England, Arsenal’s forward has been a huge influence on the side, with Arsene Wenger hoping the 28-year-old extends his contract beyond next summer.

However, prior to his switch, Liverpool were also very much in the hunt and were within touching distance of bringing Sanchez to Anfield.

Former CEO Ian Ayre, who has stepped down after 10 years at the club, has confirmed how close Liverpool came.

The ex-Reds chief was delivering a lecture at St George’s Hall for Liverpool John Moores University and said: “The thing to understand is that you are never actually in complete control of who you buy and sell.

“There was much publicised interest in Alexis Sanchez, and that deal was done. 

“The only reason it wasn’t was that the player and his wife wanted to live in London. 

“We couldn’t move the football club to London unfortunately!”

Alexis Sanchez has reportedly shown he wishes to stay in the capital going forward.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is said to be targeting a move at the end of the season, but Wenger will not sell to a Premier League rival.

Manchester City have shown interest too, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

Liverpool, although, do not appear to be reigniting a pursuit ahead of the summer, with the €76m-rated Sanchez potentially staying at Arsenal to run down his contract.