The forward would be one of the most high-profile transfers of the summer should he leave the Emirates – even as Arsenal remain confident he will stay
Alexis Sanchez’s season finally came to an end on Sunday evening with the Arsenal forward unable to prevent Chile from suffering defeat at the hands of Germany in the Confederations Cup final.
Where Sanchez will be playing next season, however, is far from straighforward, although the player himself suggested on the eve of the Confederations Cup final that he has a clear idea of where he will be.
It’s now down to the rest of us to try and second guess the Chilean’s next move, although it seems that the 28-year-old could well be on his way to Manchester City. Paddy Power make Pep Guardiola’s side the most likely destination for Sanchez offering City at evens (2.00) to be his next club, with current employers Arsenal priced at 11/8 (2.38) to retain his services.
While City seem in the driving seat to recruit the player should he leave, the other side who have been heavily linked with Sanchez are Bayern Munich at 7/2 (4.50), with the German champions keen to recruit someone of his quality.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti confessed he is an admirer of the Chilean’s talents, even as he said that Bayern will not pay “crazy sums”, although the lure of playing for one of the world’s biggest sides might be enough to convince Sanchez.
Elsewhere in the market, Premier League champions Chelsea are offered at 12/1 (13.00) and while staying in London and playing Champions League football could appeal to Sanchez, the Blues themselves have not seemingly pursued their reported target with as much intensity as others.
A potential move to Stamford Bridge was suggested at the beginning of the summer yet that talk has cooled with Antonio Conte believed to be looking at other names.
It would seem therefore that there are three clear options for Sanchez – staying at Arsenal, or a move to either Manchester City or Bayern Munich – although there is another name potentially in the frame. Paris Saint-German were said to be keenly pursuing the recruitment of the former Barcelona forward.
However, Wenger’s claim that neither Sanchez nor Mesut Ozil would be sold this summer, despite entering into the final year of their respective contracts, led to some saying the Ligue 1 giants were put off and they have now drifted to 16/1 (17.00) outsiders for his signature.