Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Wenger: Ozil could still stay, but Sanchez will go

Wenger: Ozil could still stay, but Sanchez will go

City tried to sign Sanchez last summer and have been convinced that he wishes to work with his ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola once more.

The English Premier League leaders feel the overall price for signing the Chile forward, transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands, is now too high.

Manchester United have leapfrogged Manchester City to become favourites to land Sanchez in a £40m transfer.

Sanchez has always been a target for City and they offered £60 million (A$104 million) for the 29-year-old, without success, last summer.

The latest reports in this breathless saga have Manchester City refusing to meet Arsenal's financial demands and preparing to walk away from any deal; they are unwilling to match the £35m demanded by Arsenal and instead want to pay £20m.

"But that would be a custard pie if Mourinho goes "I want Sanchez" and he goes "no I'm going to go to Man City". "I maintain what I said many times, that normally he should stay here until the end of the season, but we will see", the Frenchman explained.

The Chilean forward will leave London this month if a "suitable offer arrives" and Arsenal finds a replacement, according to the BBC.

Alexandre Lacazette
GETTY Alexandre Lacazette has had to adapt to the intensity of the Premier League

"Sanchez is an Arsenal player".

City were in pole position to sign the 29-year-old when United made a decision to step in and make things complicated.

'We are talking about a top player and you can buy him for a price not so high.

"What we believe really is there are some players in football world if you have the chance to sign them in January, in March or in July, you have to try and that's it". "I have great admiration for great players, I think Alexis Sanchez is one of these players". The players have two choices: Follow what you [the media] say, or follow me.

"I want to be focused on what we have to do on the field".

Asked what was said, the Chelsea boss replied: 'I said hello.

Ozil and Sanchez both have just six months remaining on their contracts at the Emirates - as does Jack Wilshere - meaning they are free to discuss terms with clubs outside England.

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