According to reports in The Mirror, Arsenal will demand £80m for Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez this summer, despite the fact that the Chilean has just one year remaining on his contract.
Well, The Mirror says that sources close to the player say that Sanchez has told the Gunners that he wants to leave the club despite being offered a two-year contract worth £300,000-a-week.
City boss Pep Guardiola is keen to sign the 28-year-old and is ready to table a £50m offer for the Chile international, but The Mirror says that the north London won’t accept anything less than £80m and will risk losing him for nothing next year rather than selling him for a reduced fee this summer.
While Wenger had been adamant that Sanchez won’t be allowed to join a Premier League rival, The Mirror says that the Citizens are gaining in confidence that a deal can be done as they believe the forward wants to link up with Guardiola for the second time in his career.
Despite Arsenal finishing in fifth position in the Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, it was another impressive personal campaign for Sanchez.
The 28-year-old ended the season with 30 goals and 19 assists in 51 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, and he continues to be the biggest attacking influence in the team.
They certainly are.
If they feel Sanchez is worth £80m with a year left on his contract, then they are right to accept no less than that fee.
Even if the 28-year-old doesn’t want to sign a new deal, he is far too important to the Arsenal team to be allowed to leave this summer for anything under the asking price.
The Chilean forward could help the Gunners to win both the Premier League and the Europa League next term – especially following the addition of Alexandre Lacazette and with others rumoured to be following the Frenchman in – and that would be worth more to the club.
If he really wants a move to City, then he might not be at first.
However, the 28-year-old will also know that if he runs down his contract and is available for free next year, that he will pretty much have his pick of teams to go to rather than being limited to clubs than can afford his £80m price tag.
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