Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Alexis Sanchez is in good spirits ahead of his country’s crunch World Cup qualifier with Paraguay despite his Arsenal future being in the balance.
If the striker is to move to Manchester City today, the striker knows the deal needs to be done and dusted as early as possible today because Chile kick-off just after the Premier League transfer window closes.
The situation isn’t ideal for Pizzi, Chile or the player, but the coach insists that whatever the outcome today, Sanchez will be well placed to continue his fine form.
“He is very, very good, he is happy,” Pizzi told his pre-game press conference.
“Until the deadline for transfers is closed, it’s difficult to elucidate Alexis’ future. But one way or another, his future will be great.
“In any of the possible options that are being handled, his future is very good. Then there is no reason for him to be dissatisfied or annoyed.
“Any of the options he has are very good or excellent. We are talking about a top player that plays for one of the best teams in the world and is trained by one of the best coaches in the world.
“So his current conditions being an Arsenal player are almost superb and almost incomparable. Now, all the options that are being handled, are similar.
“To say that he can be nervous about his future is only a metaphoric way to talk about this. All of us would want to have this kind of worry.
“In many occasions, the decisions don´t depend on one person, there are other interests involved and the player cannot control them. He is at the expense of this decisions.
“That is why there is a period, that the associations consider logic. August 31 I think. After tomorrow he will know better about this aspect of his career.”
As things stand, it doesn’t look like Sanchez will be joining City and that’s down to us not having enough time to find a replacement (we’d like Thomas Lemar but he’s playing for France tonight).
Of course, things could change but it’s getting very late in the day for a dramatic twist.