Alexis. Arsenal. City. A bid? An asking price? Nothing? Meh.

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According to the Mirror, Manchester City will test Arsenal’s resolve to keep Alexis Sanchez by tabling a bid of £50 million for the Chile international next week.

In an attempt to ward off the approach, the Gunners have slapped an £80 million price-tag on their star man. It’s speculated that if that figure is matched, Arsene Wenger might consider selling, even though he’s desperate not to do business with a Premier League rival.

The striker is now inside the final 12 months of his four-year contract at the Emirates and has rejected a new two-year contract worth £300,000 a week, more than double his current deal.

Earlier in the week, it was claimed the player had asked for at least £400,000 a week; terms the Gunners seem unwilling to match. It’s a crazy amount of money. That said, Lionel Messi is about to become football’s first £1 million a week player…this is the world we live in now.

So far, there’s no sign of Alexis wanting to hand in a transfer request. I guess when you’ve got so little time left on your deal, that’s a potentially very expensive decision to make.

We’ll have to see what happens next.

The Mirror’s story is an excellent example of the papers keeping the ‘saga’ ticking over. It’s filler until something does actually happen. Just in case you couldn’t cope going 24 hours without an update. Even though it’s not really an update because we don’t know that any of the above is actually true.

Yes, we recognise we’re not helping the situation by doing a story on it, but there’s naff all else going on and we figured you might like to discuss it in the comment section anyway.

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