Another day, another story on Alexis Sanchez’s future. If some are to be believed, Alexis will be holding up a sky blue shirt before the end of the week. And others paint a completely different picture, one of Alexis either staying at Arsenal or only leaving if Manchester City cough up some serious money.
In a new story by The Independent, Miguel Delaney reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ‘digging in’ over Alexis Sanchez’s future, leading to some close to both the player and manager believing that the Chilean superstar could yet stay at the Emirates for the remainder of his contract.
Like many others, the report states that Alexis Sanchez does want a move to City and reunion with Pep Guardiola, and is refusing to sign a new deal, which will make him world football’s hottest free agent in a year’s time – unless he is sold now.
Wenger would have been more open to the idea of selling Alexis to Bayern Munich, but after some progress in June, the Bundesliga champions baulked at the high price demanded by the Gunners.
This left Manchester City, the club Alexis seemingly wants to join, as the only realistic suitor, with the major obstacle of Wenger simply refusing to sanction a deal. It is reported by The Independent that Wenger could change his mind if a mega-offer, potentially in excess of £90million, arrives.
Despite Alexis being a priority for Pep, it is unlikely that City will bid £90million for a player who is almost 29 and has just a year remaining on his contract.
And so, despite his wish to play under Guardiola again, Alexis could now spend one more year at Arsenal. One other thing that could make a difference is the quality of player Arsenal sign from here, with the North London side trying to snap up Thomas Lemar, a predominantly left-sided attacker who, along with new signing Alexandre Lacazette, could fill any void left by Sanchez.