Unless they can convince him to change his mind, Arsenal face the prospect of losing star man Alexis Sanchez this summer and a battle for the Chilean’s services is already in play.
The interest of several clubs is well known. In England, Pep Guardiola would love his former charge at Manchester City, while Chelsea are also looking to strengthen for next season, when the soon-to-be Premier League champions will have European football again.
Paris Saint-Germain want him after a disappointing season by their standards, while Carlo Ancelotti is a fan of the 28-year-old and Bayern Munich want to boost an ageing squad. Finally, backed by the wealth of China’s Suning Group, Serie A club Inter see Alexis as the marquee signing to lift them closer to their former heights.
It is quite a dilemma for one of the Premier League’s best players, who also has the option to remain at Arsenal, something that might appeal more if they can sneak into the top four and secure Champions League football. But according to today’s edition of Le Parisien, Alexis has an order of preference for his next club – and Manchester City are second on that list.
Top of the list is Bayern Munich, where his Chile team-mate Arturo Vidal plays – and the two share the same agent. Bayern believe they can pull off one of the deals of the summer for Alexis in a deal worth around €40 million – lower than his normal market value because he is entering the final year of his Arsenal contract.
Alexis’ list of preferred next club (in order), Le Parisien claims, is: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea, Inter
It might be time for one of Pep Guardiola to pick up the phone if he sees Alexis Sanchez as the perfect man to strengthen his Manchester City strike-force next season…
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