Man United and Man City make contact with Alexis Sanchez over summer move - report
Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez has had informal contact from both Manchester United and Manchester City over a potential summer move, according to a report in his native Chile.
Sanchez’s future at Arsenal has been under a cloud in recent months after he declined offers to sign a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2018.
Arsenal may be forced to consider selling Sanchez at the end of this season if he continues to reject offers to extend his deal with the Gunners, with Chelsea strongly linked with a move to sign the winger who could be worth in excess of £60m.
Now the report in Chile suggests the Blues will have competition from English rivals for Sanchez’s signature, with the El Show de Prensafútbol reporting that Sanchez ‘has decided to leave Arsenal’ and is interested in joining one of the Premier League rivals.
The report suggesting Sanchez has ‘already received calls from United manager Jose Mourinho and City boss Pep Guardiola’ would appear to be improbable as that would constitute illegal approaches from the managers of the two Manchester clubs.
Yet the Chilean report suggests Sanchez has decided to leave Arsenal due to the ‘lack of investment in reinforcements’ and that he favours a move to Chelsea, United or City.
Paris Saint-Germain have expressed strong interest in signing Sanchez and Arsenal would prefer to sell their prized asset to a club outside of the Premier League, yet the player may hold most of the aces at the end of this season as the Gunners cannot afford to allow him to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.
However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did his best to play down the significance of Sanchez’s contract impasse, as he suggested his club would hang on to the player for another year even if he does not sign a new deal.
“I don’t see what suddenly all that debate is about,” he said. “We are professional football people, I don’t understand. Our job is to perform as long as we are somewhere.
“When I sign a contract I commit until the last day of my contract and that is what it is to be professional. So I do not understand this kind of anxiety one-and-a-half-years before the end of contracts. It’s absolutely denying what a professional guy is about.”
Wenger made similar comments before he sanctioned the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012 and it is inconceivable that Arsenal will not cash in on Sanchez this summer if he confirms he will not sign a new contract with the north London club.