Bayern Munich remain frontrunners to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez as the saga over the Chilean’s future continues. Arsene Wenger still remains confident that Sanchez will be an Arsenal player next season but the Express report that the German giants are prepared to lure Sanchez to Munich with a huge pay rise.
The 28 year-old’s future has been a major talking point for months with Arsenal unable to tie him down longer than the end of the 2017-18 campaign, which is when his current contract expires. As well as Bayern, a number of other European clubs are reportedly interested in signing the Chilean including Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
Sanchez has been a huge success for Arsenal since his arrival from Barcelona in 2014. He has scored 72 goals in 145 appearances for the Gunners including scoring in two FA Cup Finals that Arsenal have gone on to win.
Arsenal’s 5th place finish though may prove a decisive factor in Sanchez’s future.
Arsenal have missed out on Champions League football for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over in 1996 and all the clubs who are reportedly interested would be able to offer Sanchez Champions League football for next season.
Money could also be a factor in Sanchez’s decision with Bayern Munich reportedly able to pay the Chilean over £7m a year. Arsenal are prepared to offer improved terms on Sanchez’s contract but that may not still be enough to keep him in North London.
While Arsene Wenger remains confident of keeping Sanchez at the Emirates, work has begun on finding a potential replacement for the Chilean. The Express has also reported that Wenger has met with the chief executive of Lyon and remains confident of bringing Alexandre Lacazette to the club over the summer.