According to the Mirror, Arsenal have again offered to increase Alexis Sanchez’s wages to £300,000 as they look to consolidate their ‘not for sale’ stance with the striker.
The Gunners have been trying in vain to persuade the 28-year-old, who is now in the final year of his current contract, to commit his long-term future to the club for the last 18 months. It’s believed the Chile international has already turned down offers up to £225,000 a week.
The inflated transfer market, which has seen Neymar move to Paris Saint Germain for £198 million, has emboldened Sanchez’s representatives who are determined to vastly increase the player’s current £140,000 deal.
PSG appear to have joined Bayern Munich in dropping out of the race for the player’s signature while Arsenal are steadfast in their refusal to do business with Premier League rivals.
Were Sanchez to sign a two-year extension on increased terms it could work for both parties. The player would immediately experience an upturn in his pay packet and the Gunners would be able to be more bullish with potential suitors next summer. Of course, that neglects the power Alexis will have when he becomes a free agent when he could command a signing-on fee plus increased wage.
For what it’s worth, Arsene Wenger isn’t optimistic about persuading his star man to put pen-to-paper. Speaking to French TV station SFR Sport about the situation, he noted:
“He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract?
“We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”
Alexis is currently sidelined with an abdominal strain that will see him miss both tonight’s Premier League opener with Leicester and Saturday’s trip to Stoke. Whether he signs a new deal or not, Arsenal insist he’ll be at the club when the transfer window closes at the end of the month.