Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes that Arsenal should stop trying to negotiate Alexis Sanchez down and give him what he wants.
The saga over the Chile international’s future has been rumbling for months now, and there are conflicting reports regarding the current status of the situation.
Last week, The Guardian reported that Manchester City are confident of landing Sanchez’s signature in a deal that could cost £50m.
However, El Filtrador reporter Juan Luis tweeted that the forward player will stay at Arsenal, but he did not mention whether or not the 28-year-old will sign a new deal.
It seems as though a major part of Sanchez’s reluctance to extend his stay at the Gunners is over money, with talkSPORT reporting that the former Barcelona star is after a staggering £400,000 a week.
That figure would comfortably make him the highest earner in the Premier League, and Murphy believes that it makes sense to fall to the player’s demands.
He told talkSPORT:
“What Sanchez is demanding, that’s the going rate because he can get that elsewhere. The simple equation is this: £400,000-a-week is £20m a year, over four years that’s £80m. To sign a player to take his place, it’s going to cost you at least £60m or £70m, and that’s if you can find one. But Arsenal can’t replace Sanchez with someone of his quality, because someone that good won’t go there.”
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