Could there still be hope of Manchester City landing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal? One of the summer’s longest sagas has taken another twist with Paris Saint-Germain, the club thought to be closest to acquiring the Chilean, cooling their interest in him.
The Le Parisien newspaper, famed for its reliability on all matters PSG, reports this afternoon that a deal for Sanchez, which seemed on the verge of happening, has now been frozen.
PSG had been optimistic of signing the 28-year-old and the outline of a four-year contract had been agreed between the Parisiens and Sanchez’s representatives, seemingly dooming Pep Guardiola’s chances of a reunion with his former charge.
However, due to what Le Parisien claims were ‘greedy’ demands from Alexis’ representatives when discussing details of the contract, and Arsenal sweeping aside different approaches from PSG, the deal looks to be off.
PSG considered several solutions to make Arsenal do business, including offering players in part-exchange (Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Moura the rumoured names), but Arsene Wenger didn’t want to hear about it.
The problem for PSG is they could only invest so much in Alexis because of their ongoing pursuit of Neymar, which will mean activating his €222million release clause if they are to sign him. With this in mind, the costs required to sign Alexis would make both deals difficult, even for the wealthy French club.
Alexis to PSG isn’t ‘completely buried’, but Le Parisien say it is no longer a priority.
This offers a new glimmer of hope for Manchester City, although convincing Arsenal to sell the player has proven difficult and may be impossible. But with Bayern Munich and now, it seems, PSG out of the running, it narrows the possibilities down to two: stay at Arsenal, something Alexis is not keen on due to their lack of Champions League football, or join Manchester City.
Make no mistake, to sign Sanchez it will take a lot of work from City in convincing a stubborn Arsene Wenger to let a player of Alexis’ quality go, despite the risk of him leaving on a free transfer next year.