Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez might leave the Emirates this summer, and the Gunners have accepted it. However, the London giants are adamant that they will not let the winger go to any of their title rivals in the Premier League – which includes both Manchester City and Chelsea.
According to The Independent, the club has decided it best to let the player join a team outside of England, with Bayern Munich rumoured to be the top contenders for him.
The Chilean international’s contract with Arsenal runs until 2018, but he seems reluctant to sign a new contract with the club. Despite a strong decision taken by the Arsenal board, Manchester City have still decided to drop a £50 million bid for Sanchez, in an attempt to shake Arsenal’s resolve.
While Arsenal’s first and foremost decision would be an attempt to keep the 28-year-old at the club, it seems highly improbable. Arsene Wenger’s men recently finished 5th in the Premier League, and would hence, qualify only for the Europa League, making it a tougher task to attract top talent.
Sanchez has previously hinted that he loves the city of London, which might indicate a disinclination to move. A possible Chelsea move might be very attractive in the ex-Barca player’s eyes. Despite so, Arsenal would try their best to prevent such a deal from happening, after they have let several of their top players over the years join their direct rivals.
Sanchez has been among the only few who have performed well for Arsenal in what can only be called as a tumultuous season. Playing all 38 games last season, he scored 24 goals and bagged 10 assists, which can be considered as among the best stats in the league for a midfielder.
He also scored 3 goals and 3 assists in the club’s UEFA Champions League run, showing how essential the player has made himself to be for Arsenal.
If Sanchez does leave the club, it would be very tough for the North London outfit to find a suitable replacement, especially considering how Arsene Wenger dislikes splurging a lot of money.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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