Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez wants to stay at Arsenal and that the delay on a new contract is down to the player’s agent.
The Arsenal star has just 15 months left on his current contract. Negotiations over a new deal have stalled, with Sanchez demanding a significant pay rise to remain at the Emirates. The Chile international is also supposedly keen to get assurances that Arsenal will match his ambitions.
Sanchez has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer if Arsenal cannot secure fresh terms. But Wenger is adamant the playmaker has his heart set on remaining in north London.
“Basically, he wants to stay at the club and it’s down to finding an agreement with his agent,” Wenger said.
Chelsea are said to be eyeing a deal for Sanchez in case a move for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku falls through. It has also been suggested the player could wait until his contract expires and then move across London on a free transfer.
Antonio Conte has been a keen admirer of the Arsenal striker throughout the season and owner Roman Abramovich may be tempted to make a cut-price move if a new contract is not agreed. Sanchez’s comments about playing in a winning team in London further indicate that he may consider Stamford Bridge a step up from the Emirates.
He said during the recent international break: “I am happy in London and I hope to finish my contract at Arsenal.
“I want to stay in a winning team and keep playing in the same city. I want to play in a team that has aspirations.
“I’m 28 years old, I still have a lot ahead of me. I am a player who takes great care of himself.”
PSG, who are also reportedly interested in Sanchez, will be looking to revamp their squad following their humiliating 6-1 Champions League exit against Barcelona. With the Qatari royal family at the helm, they are one of Europe’s richest clubs and have reportedly offered the Chilean £300,000-a-week.
As for Juventus, if Sanchez wants a genuine chance of winning titles, there could be few better places to do it than at a club who are set to win the league for the 6th consecutive time.
As 2015 Champions League finalists, Juventus would also give Sanchez a far better chance of European glory than most, if not all, English clubs. The striker already knows his way around Serie A, having spent five seasons at Udinese.