Alexis Sanchez has made it clear that the only way Arsenal can keep him at the Emirates is by offering him a bumper new contract.
According to reports, Sanchez had been offered a contract worth around £300,000 in weekly wages earlier this summer, but he flat out refused it, and his future has been up in the air ever since.
Manchester City have been keeping an eye on the developments of the situation, and are known admirers of Sanchez. The Citizens’ manager, Pep Guardiola, worked with the Chilean while they were still at La Liga giants Barcelona, and the pair shares a good relationship with each other – something that could work in City’s favour.
When quizzed about a potential move, Guardiola remained coy on the subject and deflected the question by stating: “Alexis? He’s an Arsenal player, like Evans is a West Brom player. You have to ask Alexis. Normally I don’t talk about players from other clubs.”
The 28-year-old has only a year left to run on his current deal, and has given the Gunners a glimmer of hope that he may sign a new deal, but has made outrageous demands that have to be met if he is to stay.
According to Daily Star, the winger has held out for a contract worth around £400,000-a-week, making him the highest paid player in the Premier League, ahead of the current highest earner Paul Pogba, who earns £290,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
The demands have put City in a more favourable position, as they have more than enough money in the bank to meet the forward’s demands. City are already said to have seen a £50 million offer turned down, but are prepared to up the offer to £60 million in order to persuade the Gunners to sell.
However, Arsene Wenger is determined to keep a hold of his best player, and is adamant that Sanchez ‘loves’ the club and ‘loves’ to be with the club. The Arsenal boss said: “Alexis wants to play. Alexis works hard and is focused to play. I deeply feel that he deeply loves to be here and he loves the club.
“In a professional job I always think that you have to make sure the guy who pays you gets what he’s paying you for. Alexis is in that mode and I think he will be until the last day he is here, he will give his best. I don’t consider their contractual situation to decide who plays and who doesn’t play.”
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