Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City’s Sanchez pursuit goes to next level

FOOTBALL: Sky in Italy are reporting that Manchester City already have a financial package in place for Alexis Sanchez should he choose to leave Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer.

Sky in Italy claim the Chile international's potential contract will be worth £13m $22.5 million) a year in wages, and he will earn a £30m ($50 million) signing-on fee.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insisted on Tuesday that the club had not received any offers for Sanchez in January, following reports on Monday that City would make a fresh £30m ($50 million) bid to sign him in the current window.

Asked if he expects Sanchez to leave Arsenal, Wenger said: "I expect nothing, I am focused on tomorrow's game. When solicitations happen you respond. At the moment it's very quiet."

Arsenal have made a fresh enquiry for West Brom captain Jonny Evans, according to Sky sources, but face competition from Manchester City for the defender.

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez

Wenger admitted Arsenal would struggle to compete should City make a concrete offer.

"I don't know if Man City is in for anybody, I don't know their policy," said Wenger. "But if the decision comes to finances with Manchester City we know we will be second best. That is well known."

Francis Coquelin could be leaving Arsenal during January, though.

He and Mohamed Elneny are among the targets West Ham are considering to bolster their midfield, according to Sky sources.

Wenger said it is a "possibility" Coquelin will be depart, but insisted the club have "had no contact with West Ham".

Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere
Arsenal's English midfielder Jack Wilshere
Sanchez is in contention to face Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, according to Wenger, who insisted there was no update on the futures of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere.

All three players can be approached by foreign clubs as they are within six months of the end of their contracts, but Wenger is unconcerned by interest from abroad.

"It's not a big concern," he said. "I believe that most of the players today want to play in the Premier League.

"The Premier League can pay contracts and wages that no other, apart from maybe three or four clubs abroad, can pay."



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