Via the Guardian’s David Hytner comes news that Arsenal have indicated Alexis Sanchez will remain an Arsenal player as it’s now too late to sell him and get somebody else in.
Man City had made a bid of up to £60m today, which the club were willing to accept if they could bring in a replacement. The player earmarked for that was Thomas Lemar, hence reports of a €100m bid to Monaco earlier on – reports which seem very hard to believe when the club made it clear last night there was no significant money available.
Now, the report states that because it would take too long to agree wages and other personal terms with the midfielder, any deal is unlikely to happen. Not least because the player himself is in action for France tonight against the Netherlands in Paris.
You know, it might be just us, but it’s as if trying to do big, complicated transfer deals in just a few hours when you’ve had all summer to do them is a really bad idea. Try using the days, weeks and months before deadline day – it’s a revolutionary thought, but it might just prove useful.
Whether there are any twists and turns before the window closes tonight remains to be seen, but at this point it looks like Alexis will stay.