Harry Redknapp has made a £100m bid for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez within hours of taking over as Birmingham manager.
Redknapp is targeting Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Antoine Griezmann at the top of a list of 10,000 players he is interested in signing this summer.
Rednkapp is prepared to quadruple Sanchez’s wages should he complete the shock switch – and is open to offering Craig Gardner in part exchange, or a 10% profit on the eventual sale of Neymar, who Redknapp hopes to sign the following summer.
It is believed Arsenal rejected the bid for Sanchez as the transfer window doesn’t open for another six weeks.
On asked about how Birmingham can avoid relegation to League One in their last three matches of the season, Redknapp said:
“I think it’s vital we look at our investment options ahead of the summer, as whatever happens between now and the end of the season, we don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where there are players we want and other clubs have beaten us to them.”
Should the bid for Sanchez fail, Redknapp is prepared to spark a bidding war with Tony Adams’s Granada to secure the services of Nigel Reo-Coker.
On being asked how much is available in his summer transfer chest, Redknapp said: “How much is our owner worth? £450m? Well, it’s important that we’re sensible and cap our spending around the £600m mark – for the time being at least – especially if we’re in League One.”
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