Arsene Wenger says Manchester City have yet to contact Arsenal about signing Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window.
The Chile international looks a cert to leave the Emirates although it’s still unclear whether that will be for a reduced transfer fee in the coming weeks or on a free at the end of the season when his contract runs out. The player is already eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with a non-English club.
It’s suggested that Pep Guardiola could be willing to spend around £25 million to secure Sanchez early but Wenger insists there’s no sign of that at the moment.
“No,” was the boss’ response when asked if he’d heard anything from the Etihad. “I expect nothing. I am focused on tomorrow’s game. When solicitations happen, you respond to it. At the moment, it’s very quiet.”
Asked again if he’d consider selling the player in the coming days, he added: “I have nothing to add to what I said before on that.”
The boss also made clear he’s not concerned about interest in Sanchez and Mesut Ozil from continental outfits, hinting that the players’ wage demands could only be met by a few top clubs.
“No, it is not a big concern because I believe most of the players today want to play in the Premier League and the Premier League can pay contracts and wages that no other club – apart from three or four clubs abroad – can pay. Overall that is not my main concern.”