With the transfer window due to close on Thursday night Alexis Sánchez has asked his national team boss Juan Antonio Pizzi for flexibility during the international break as he seeks to push through a move from Arsenal to Manchester City.

According to various Chilean media outlets, among them La Tercera, Sánchez approached Pizzi after Chile’s first training session to request a certain level of wiggle room terms of the team sheet for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Paraguay in case he has to race back to England to take care of any paperwork.