Arsenal battle to keep Alexis as Chelsea, Juventus & Europe’s big guns prepare summer bids

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The Premier League’s current top goalscorer has been linked with a whole host of clubs as talks over a new contract at Arsenal continue

Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal and with his contract expiring next summer there is no shortage of potential suitors for the Gunners’ talismanic forward.

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The Chile international remains fully committed to the club in each game but Goal understands that the 28-years-old has concerns about the level of ambition at the club, a facet which was brought into question once again during Wednesday night’s dismal Champions League drubbing away to Bayern Munich in Germany.

Reports of a dressing room bust-up between Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the match in Munich have been denied by manager Arsene Wenger but the frustrations of both players were evident on the pitch as Bayern scored five past a hapless Arsenal defence.

Goal has scoured our correspondent network to bring you the latest on clubs who have or could potentially show an interest in the coming weeks and months, as speculation continues to mount over his future in north London.


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN


Unai Emery, PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are in the market for a world-class forward to join Edinson Cavani at the Parc des Princes, with Alexis and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero at the top of the French giants’ summer transfer wishlist, Goal understands.

The 28-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2018 and his representative remains in contract talks with the Gunners over a new deal.

It’s expected that ambition will play a key part in the Chilean’s decision to put pen to paper and how successful a season Arsenal have is likely to affect whether he stays in north London in the long term.

PSG are prepared to offer Alexis an exciting financial package with director of football Patrick Kluivert keen on bringing in another big-name player after the January acquisition of Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg.

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MANCHESTER CITY


Pep Guardiola Manchester City Everton

There have been reports in Spain and Chile about Manchester City’s interest, although manager Pep Guardiola went out of his way to call a journalist a liar when it was claimed he called Alexis after his hat-trick at West Ham earlier this season.

City will go for a marquee forward if/when Sergio Aguero leaves. They wanted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before and are keeping tabs on him, though the Dortmund striker appears to prefer a move to Real Madrid.

Guardiola’s side are in the market for a big name, big money forward and Alexis fits the bill. Funds will be freed up with Aguero like to go, but means they will have to buy homegrown players in other positions.

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CHELSEA


Antonio Conte Diego Costa Chelsea

Chelsea want to sign a major striker in the summer. They have Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata on their list, with Celtic’s Mousa Dembele and Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg as younger options, but if they felt they could convince Arsenal to allow Alexis to move across London then they would go in.

The fan and PR aspect might be the trickiest thing for Chelsea to get around. Diego Costa is in talks over a new deal, but he is still an unstable character with Chelsea over-reliant on him as the focal point of their attacks. Michy Batshuayi hasn’t impressed as of yet in his 9 months spell at the club. 

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INTER


HD Stefano Pioli, Inter

Alexis Sanchez is one of the main men on Inter’s shortlist this summer as the club’s rich Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group prepare themselves for a big spending spree.

The transfer is being pushed in particular by sporting director Piero Ausilio who is a huge fan of the player. The club can comfortably afford the transfer fee (which they believe won’t be any higher than €40 million because his contract expires in 2018) and wages, and hope the large number of South Americans, including fellow Chilean Gary Medel, can help persuade Alexis to join, who still adores Italy and Serie A following his spell at Udinese and regularly takes breaks in the country.

Inter want Alexis to play on the wing, and he could potentially be a replacement for left winger Ivan Perisic, who is considering leaving the club this summer. This means that Inter’s pursuit of Sergio Aguero won’t be affected by Alexis as they see the Arsenal man as a winger.

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JUVENTUS


HD Massimiliano Allegri Juventus

Sanchez could be a potential summer target for Juve. They were interested during the times of Antonio Conte and it’s likely that they will be in the market for a new forward this summer.

The Old Lady are interested in signing Lazio star Keita Balde Diao and are convinced he’s the right man to lead the attack, but if Sanchez fails to sign a new contract at Arsenal then things could certainly change where that transfer is concerned.

Much of that will depend on whether Juve continue to play 4-2-3-1 and if Massimiliano Allegri will stay at the club beyond next season.

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CHINA


HD Oscar Shanghai SIPG

After the Chinese Football Association introduced a series of measures and initiatives to curb the “irrational investment”, it remains highly unlikely that Alexis would deign to move to the far east in the current transfer window – unless the Chilean is willing to make a concession to his wage demand and Arsenal cut back on the transfer fee.

Before the unexpected changes of the rules, both Tianjin Quanjian and Hebei China Fortune registered an interest in Sanchez, according to a source briefed on the matter. However, they have never made a concrete offer, though both Fabio Cannavaro and Manuel Pellegrini are sharing their belief over the Arsenal man’s quality.

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To put it briefly, as long as the his future hangs in the balance, Sanchez will always be on CSL’s radar.

We should expect a bumpy road ahead…

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