The Alexis Sanchez saga continues to linger on despite confidence from every side that Sanchez will be playing at their club come September 4th.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have persistently stated that they will not sell Alexis Sanchez this summer, especially not to a Premier League rival. But Arsenal have said that before about other players haven’t they?
In the chase for the Chilean lie Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City who have been long linked with the forward. Despite pulling out all the stops in the hopes of signing Neymar in a £192m deal, PSG apparently still have enough copper in their purse to chase Arsenal’s star player last season. Sanchez scored 29 goals in all competitions last season – mostly playing on the left-hand side of the attack. It wasn’t enough to keep Arsenal in the Champions League but his goals were crucial in the FA Cup, scoring against Manchester City and Chelsea in the last two stages of the competition.
PSG want Neymar and Alexis Sanchez. I want a Ferrari and a Lamborghini
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 18, 2017
Manchester City meanwhile have been long-term admirers of the 28-year-old. They tried to sign him in 2011 when he was still at Udinese but were pipped to him – ironically – by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. Last year, Manuel Pellegrini admitted City tried to sign him again in 2014 but were as a result of Financial Fair Play regulations they were forced to concede the race to Arsenal. Will it be third time lucky?
That’s anyone’s guess right now. In England, the word is that Arsenal are holding out tight with City happy to wait out the long summer to get their man. If Sanchez’s position becomes untenable then Arsenal will ask a huge fee which City will be more than happy to pay to get their number 1 target of the summer. That coincides with reports in Chile where the press believe Alexis wants Manchester City and only Manchester City. There are even reports that Guardiola given Alexis ‘the mission’ to convince Wenger to let him go.
But in France is where the waters get a little murky. Le Parisian, reliable for all matters PSG, state that Antero Henrique, PSG’s sporting director, is currently in London to close a deal for Alexis Sanchez.
So where does Alexis go? The uncertainty surrounding Alexis’ future is reflected in the odds on his next club. He is 3/4 to remain at Arsenal, while City and PSG are both 2/1 to sign him before the transfer window closes.
The only thing we know is that there are more questions than answers surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s future.