Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez, who scored 24 league goals last season, from Premier League rivals Manchester City .
City chief executive Spokesman, Ferran Soriano spoke to Arsenal counterpart, Ivan Gazidis, on Tuesday and after weeks of dancing around he put forward the official bid. It was not to alter Arsenal’s resolve over the player. Arsenal insist that, the striker is not for sale.
Sanchez who joined Arsenal from Barcelona – where he played under Guardiola – in 2014 for a fee of about £35m is ready to move and join city, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said Sanchez would “respect” his decision to keep him for the last year of his deal and former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy says Arsenal cannot afford to lose him.”BBC sport report”.
Wenger is determined to hold Sánchez to the final year of his contract, even though he has made it clear he will not sign a new one and, as such, would stand to leave for nothing next summer. Moreover, it is his preference to join City before the transfer deadline on Thursday. Arsenal continue to believe he would apply himself in their colours after 1 September and give his best for one last season.”theguardian report”.
Arsenal’s stance remains that they have no desire to sell, unless huge money and a player – most likely Sterling – are offered.
Arsenal are interested in the West Bromwich Albion centre-half Jonny Evans, who is also wanted by Manchester City and Leicester City, as they consider whether to move Shkodran Mustafi out to Internazionale. Mustafi wants to leave Arsenal. The club are also in talks with West Brom about selling Kieran Gibbs to them for £7m. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is primed to complete his £40m switch to Chelsea.
According to the guardian sport, Arsenal also had an interest in the Monaco attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar throughout the summer – Liverpool are also now in for him – but the French club have indicated it would cost €80m (£74m) to get him. In other words he is not for sale. It is safe to assume Arsenal’s tipping point for Sánchez would, at the very least, be equal to this figure.
The Chile forward Sanchez preparing for his World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Thursday. Were there to be a breakthrough over his move, City would get a doctor out to him to supervise the medical.