Bayern Munich have made Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez their top priority this summer, according to reports
According to the Sun, Bayern Munich’s technical director Michael Reschke was in England to watch both FA Cup Semi Finals – when Chelsea faced Tottenham and Arsenal faced Manchester City – as he scouted out a number of high profile targets for the summer.
Chief among those would have been Alexis Sanchez, who once again dragged Arsenal to a victory with his opportunistic goal in extra time against Manchester City, helping Arsenal progress to the finals of the competition.
The Sun claim that his performance was enough to convince the German giants that Alexis Sanchez is exactly the player they need to rejuvenate their squad this summer, particularly since the Bavarians have once again failed in Europe following their exit to Real Madrid in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Sanchez has been Arsenal’s best player this season by some distance, with a return of 24 goals and 18 assists in 43 appearances across all competitions, despite Arsenal going through arguably their worst season under Arsene Wenger.
The Chilean superstar will have only one year on his contract come the end of the season and has yet to agree a new deal with the Gunners, which could be a combination of Arsenal’s inability to match wages offered by other clubs and – most notably – their inability to challenge for major honours once more this season.
Manchester City have been heavily linked with a move for Sanchez and will no doubt be able to offer him whatever wages he desires. The fact that City are expected to spend heavily this summer to rejuvenate their ageing squad could also be another factor that tempts Sanchez with a move to Pep Guardiola’s side.
Guardiola himself is said to be a huge admirer of the player and given Sanchez’s heroics this season, it is no surprise to see the biggest clubs in the world linked with a move for him, despite whatever Arsene Wenger says in public.
Wenger insisted once more that Sanchez would be going nowhere regardless of the fact that he will only have one year left on his contract, with the Frenchman even admitting that he was still hopeful that the club would convince the Chilean star to extend his stay at the Emirates.
However, a sizeable fee would definitely make the Gunners think twice about selling Sanchez and the fact that Bayern are not a direct domestic rival could push them towards selling their talisman to the Germans, or face the risk of seeing him join a domestic rival.