Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is yet to come to an agreement over a contract extension at Arsenal, leaving him ripe for the picking from sides likes Paris Saint-Germain, who are believed to be preparing a mega-offer for the ex-Barcelona man in the summer.
PSG could offer Sanchez all the requirements that he cannot be guaranteed by Arsenal: trophies and an improved salary. So much is written and spoken of ‘loyalty’ by fans and pundits alike, but if a substantial offer was to come from the defending French champions, what would be Sanchez’s reason for turning it down?
Contract negotiations have dragged on for far too long and the 28-year-old clearly isn’t convinced with whatever The Gunners are presenting to him. Sanchez has won the FA Cup and Community Shield (twice) with Arsenal, but he has every right to move to a more ambitious club to chase domestic and European titles, as many have done before him and will continue to do after him.
Sanchez’s £130,000 per week wage has been well documented throughout the last few months. Arsenal are reported to have presented a £200,000 per week deal which is apparently not up to Sanchez’s demands.
Mesut Ozil is in a similar situation, creating a tense and anxious atmosphere around the Emirates whenever Arsene Wenger is questioned on the long-term future of his two star players.
Sanchez is one of the Premier League’s top attacking contributors this season, scoring 13 goals and laying on 7 assists from 20 appearances. Playing as a centre-forward for much of the first-half of the season, Sanchez has been nearly unplayable and a hugely important part of any hope Arsenal have of securing the title.
PSG’s surprisingly underwhelming season, which finds them in 3rd spot and five points behind Nice at the top of Ligue 1, will give them an extra incentive to chase Arsenal’s key forward.