Sunday 21 January 2018

PSG plotting big money bid for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

Jason Burt

Arsenal’s fight to keep Alexis Sanchez has taken a significant twist with Paris Saint-Germain now exploring whether or not they can sign him.

With Sanchez going into the final year of his contract this summer the French giants are closely monitoring whether he will agree a new deal.

Understandably Sanchez is not the only major target who PSG are considering pursuing this summer but the club have been given enough encouragement that it may be worth their while putting together a bid at the end of this campaign for the Chilean international. No fee has yet been discussed and PSG’s interest remains tentative.

The interest from PSG will be taken far more seriously by Arsenal than offers the 28-year-old is believed to have already received to join the Chinese Super League as he negotiates his future.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also following the situation but PSG have the financial power to rival any offer that can be made by another European club.

They are already in the market to add a marquee forward player to their squad having not replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was allowed to leave after his contract expired at the end of last season and join Manchester United.

PSG acquired Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg this month for more than £30million and Sanchez would be another ideal signing for them. Of Draxler’s signing, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: "The signature of this coveted German international reaffirms the strong power of attraction of the club to the players of great talent.” There will be the same sentiment if PSG can attract Sanchez.

Sanchez has so far resisted Arsenal’s attempts to tie him down to a new long-term deal and there is understood to be a big disparity between his wage demands and what is on offer at the Emirates – around £200,000-a-week. Sanchez wants closer to £300,000-a-week, it is understood.

However Arsenal are also aware that they can ill afford to lose Sanchez and especially as Mesut Ozil, their other ‘crown jewel’ player, is in a similar situation as he goes into the last 18 months of his contract with resolving his future.

There is a sense that Ozil is the more likely of the two to sign a new deal – although clearly Arsenal remain optimistic that both players will agree to stay –although he indicated in an interview with German magazine Kicker earlier this week that his future was tied to whether Arsene Wenger remains as manager. Wenger’s current contract expires at the end of this campaign with a two-year extension having been discussed.

Such uncertainty surrounding their star men is an uncomfortable reality for Arsenal with Sanchez having shown his frustration after last week’s Premier League 3-3 draw away to Bournemouth.

It left a number of his team-mates fearing he wanted to leave as he displayed his displeasure at the result while his team-mates celebrated their comeback.

If Sanchez – or Ozil – were to leave then Arsenal would step up their interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. However they cannot proceed with exploring whether they can sign the German international until they know the futures of their two biggest names and the impact that has on their budget.

Telegraph.co.uk

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