It is also understood that the Gunners are ready to cut their losses on the 29-year-old, as it has become clear to his coaches and team-mates that he has no desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium for much longer.
Alexis was furious when a £60 million move to City collapsed in the final hours of the summer transfer window.
City are prepared to wait until next summer to sign the Chilean on a free transfer, with Pep Guardiola keen not to disturb the balance of his forward line.
But it is the increasingly bitter atmosphere in the Arsenal dressing room which may force City’s hand.
Sources have indicated that Felicevich, his agent, has been in touch with senior City officials in the past few days to make the case for a January transfer.
While City are ready to wait, Alexis is not. The Chile international’s anger at his failed move has barely subsided and he has cut a frustrated figure throughout the season.