Alexis Sanchez has reportedly made Chelsea his first-choice destination at the end of the season, despite Arsenal’s desperation to tie him down.
The Chilean attacker has only over a year remaining on his current contract, with any agreement over an extension yet to be reached. As a result, the north Londoners now face the prospect of selling Sanchez this summer, or forcing him to stay until his deal runs out.
Some of Europe’s elite clubs are on the hunt for him, with Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, a few Chinese Super League sides, and Chelsea all in the running.
But according to The Telegraph, Arsenal’s London rivals are now the forward’s preferable choice for a summer switch.
Over the past few weeks, Stamford Bridge has become Sanchez’s priority, as he apparently sees Antonio Conte as the ideal manager to work with.
Arsene Wenger has no intention to sell the 28-year-old to a direct Premier League rival, with a move abroad preferred. That means the Chile international may have to try and force through a transfer to Chelsea, resulting in an ugly turn of events.
Chelsea are confident that personal terms won’t be an issue in agreeing on a deal, and they are doing everything possible to land the former Barcelona forward. However, Arsenal could well force Sanchez to stay, even if he no longer wants to play for the club.
Everton hitman and former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku also remains a target for Conte, and signing both players has not been ruled out at Stamford Bridge.
Sanchez recently hinted he wants to be with a team that has a winning mentality and is settled in London, indirectly saying a move to Chelsea is his ultimate goal.