Alexis Sanchez knows where he wants to play his club football next season, but achieving that is easier said than done – and a former suitor are back in the race for the Arsenal superstar.
According to today’s edition of the Daily Mail, Sanchez is adamant about reuniting with his former coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and both he and his camp believe Arsenal will eventually cave in and sell him, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.
Arsenal are equally adamant, as it stands, that they will not sell Sanchez to City in a situation that could get messy if unresolved later in the transfer window. Arsenal are willing to risk losing Alexis for nothing next summer, but also risk having an unhappy player in their side next season as they try to end a wait to win the Premier League that now stretches back to 2004.
Despite his contact having just a year left on it, Arsenal could expect to recoup over £50million for the Chilean in the increasingly inflated English market, money they could reinvest to bolster their squad for the long-term. And the Daily Mail states that Sanchez’s camp are ‘confident’ that the Arsenal board will eventually cave and give the player what he wants – a move to the Etihad.
In news that may encourage Arsenal, both L’Equipe and Le Parisien in France report today that Paris Saint-Germain are back in the hunt for Sanchez after struggling in their efforts to sign Kylian Mbappé. Alexis was one of PSG’s targets earlier this summer, but it was said that he didn’t fancy a move to Ligue 1.
And despite PSG’s rekindled interest, reports from France say he is asking for a ‘very high’ salary, something he also did with Bayern Munich, who suspected he was just trying to get them out of the way so that he could force a move to Manchester City.
Although Arsenal would obviously prefer to keep Sanchez, selling abroad would be a compromise they would likely agree to as it wouldn’t strengthen a Premier League rival. However, it appears that the 28-year-old has his mind set on a move to City despite lucrative offers from the continent.