Alexis Sanchez has said that his future now rests on talks between his agent and Arsenal, with Bayern Munich emerging as the front-runners to sign the Chile striker.
Arsenal’s public stance is still that Sanchez has a year left on his contract and will not be sold if he does not agree a new deal, but they are unlikely to maintain that position until the end of the transfer window in the face of serious offers.
Bayern are believed to be willing to pay around £40 million and also satisfy Sanchez’s wage-demands, even though Arsenal’s offer is understood to have now reached £280,000-a-week.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in Sanchez 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.
Bayern, then, may well represent a mutually-acceptable buyer if no agreement can be reached on a new contract.
Talks are ongoing but Sanchez, who scored 30 goals last season, is currently with Chile for the Confederations Cup.
“I’m looking at what my agent is doing,” he said. “For now, I’m focused on the [Confederations] Cup in Russia and trying to do well. The truth is that my agent will see to it. He knows and he will sit down with the club to look for the best option for me. I’d like a lot of things but I’m only thinking about the national team.”
Hector Bellerin is also attracting interest from outside the Premier League at Sanchez’s former club Barcelona but, with a contract until 2023, there is little chance of Arsenal accepting any bid this summer.
Bellerin said earlier this week that it was “a great thing” to hear of Barcelona’s interest but attempted to reassure Arsenal fans on Thursday about his intentions.