Deadline day proved to be a disaster for Arsenal. What had started off in good terms due to a well bargained sale of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended with them keeping a furious and unhappy Alexis Sanchez, after an intended move fell out, courtesy of Thomas Lemar not joining the Gunners.
Now, reports in Goal claim that Sanchez is frustrated with how things turned out, and is threatening to go on a strike at the London club. He had reportedly made his unhappiness at Arsenal clear to Arsène Wenger twice this summer.
Furthermore, a £60 million fee was allegedly agreed with Manchester City, who have been eager on swooping for the Chilean star for quite a while now.
Capitalizing on the £35 million fee that Liverpool had paid for Chamberlain, the Gunners sought to make a move for Lemar, who had been their target for the entirety of the summer window. It was this development that provided the Mancunian side with the required thumbs up to move for the 28-year old Chilean.
However, AS Monaco’s refusal to part with Lemar proved to be the deal breaker on all fronts, as the London side immediately killed City’s bid as well. This was faced with utter fury and frustration by Sanchez, sources close to him reveal.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have not given up hope. It is believed that they have assured the player that they shall sign him in January and pay half of the decided amount to Arsenal in advance.
However, the winter deal may not work as smoothly as the Blues might hope. Fernando Felicevich, his agent, may work out a different deal for the ex-Barcelona forward that will keep him at the Emirates until next season before agreeing to a move to any of the other interested giants of Europe.
All in all, it is highly unlikely that Sanchez shall remain furious for long. With Guardiola lacking comfort in his forward options, it can be all but certain that he will do all it takes to pry the player to the Etihad. After the transfer debacle, it is clear that Wenger won’t be able to retain him.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.