Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez has reportedly agreed terms for a transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Sánchez will move to the Etihad Stadium and reunite with manager Pep Guardiola, who worked with him at Barcelona, according to Chilean journalist Fernando Solabarrieta (h/t Charles Watts of Football.London).
Solabarrieta believes City will pay the Gunners £50 million for attacking talisman Sanchez.
The player has just one year left on his contract and has yet to sign a new deal, despite Arsenal offering the 28-year-old a contract paying “in the region of £300,000 a week,” per Watts, who also noted London rivals Chelsea remain keen on Sanchez.
Selling Sánchez to a domestic rival is something Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is determined to avoid, though, according to Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.
However, Wilson also noted how Sanchez’s contract situation, along with any determination he has to leave Arsenal, may take the issue out of Wenger’s hands:
“Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in Sánchez but, although the player likes living in London and may be willing simply to run down his contract, Arsenal will not want to risk losing their best player for nothing next season to a direct rival.”
Sánchez being able to leave for free if he doesn’t sign a new deal puts the power in the player’s hands. Yet the Gunners could avoid selling him within England’s top flight by indulging the interest from Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga giants are prepared to pay £40 million for Sánchez and meet his wage demands, per Wilson, who believes Arsenal will have trouble resisting if Sanchez won’t sign a new contract.
The player himself recently said his future will be resolved by talks between the Gunners and his agent, per Sky Sports.
Losing Sánchez would be a bitter blow for Arsenal after the South American forward enjoyed a spectacular 2016/17 campaign.
Sánchez scored 30 goals in all competitions, per WhoScored.com, helping Wenger’s men win a third FA Cup in four seasons by thriving at both centre-forward and on the flanks.
Culled from bleacher report
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