Manchester City are reportedly eyeing a shock move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, with reports of the Chilean’s contract talks with the Gunners running into complications.
The Daily Express have sensationally claimed that Manchester City are keeping track of the developments in the contract talks between Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez and could try to swoop for the forward in January if the contract dispute continues.
There are reports that Alexis Sanchez wants at least £200,000 per week in his new contract along with a minimum release clause inserted into it. The Chilean international is said to be willing to put pen to paper only if he finds evidence that Arsenal are likely to mount a serious title challenge this season.
The Sunday edition of the Express claims that given Arsene Wenger is desperate to hold on to the attacker, the Frenchman does not feel particularly safe including a minimum release clause in the player’s contract and is rumoured to be unwilling to do so.
Manchester City, on the other hand, would not have any problems accepting the demands of the Chilean, be it monetary or otherwise, and are rumoured to be ready to pounce if an opportunity of signing the former Barcelona man presents itself.
Meanwhile, Football Italia have claimed that Juventus, who were interested in the player during the summer transfer window, have retained their interest in the Chilean and are ready to follow up their interest with a real offer and battle Manchester City for the player.
Arsene Wenger has shown faith in Alexis Sanchez by preferring to start with the Chilean up front instead of natural strikers in Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez, and Sanchez might just choose to trust Wenger’s managerial ability and sign a contract without the release clause.
However, at the moment, that looks highly unlikely with Sanchez adamant about the inclusion of a release clause. Arsenal fans would be hoping an amicable solution is found before the January transfer window such that the other clubs are not able to affect his decision by tabling offers to Arsenal.