One of the biggest transfer targets for this summer Alexis Sanchez looks set to remain at the Emirates for the forthcoming season, according to reports in England.
He is set to see off his final ten months left at the Emirates before he exits for free next year.
Arsene Wenger insisted that the Chile international would not be allowed to leave the club no matter the amount offered. After back and forth, it seems the player would remain in north London. The Gunners would prefer to lose out financially than sell their prized forward to rivals Manchester City or Chelsea or even to Bayern Munich or Paris St Germain.
PSG’s capture of Neymar ended links to Sanchez and Bayern could not compete in such costly financial deal. Jon Cross of the Mirror reports that Sanchez would stay on as the team fights for the Premier League title this season.
Wenger would also have enough time to plan a top replacement for Sanchez when he leaves next year. If he left this term it would have affected the team’s competitiveness so Wenger opted to lose out financially.
On the other hand, the Frenchman admitted that his 33-man squad was too big so some players would exit soon.
“To be honest, it [the figure] is too high… we will let some players go, because too much competition for places is detrimental.”
With the arrival of Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Gibbs is one player that is likely to leave. Nacho Montreal is a decent replacement so Gibbs could be out soon. His salary is a major factor but the team needs to be trimmed.
Lucas Perez is another that might be sent out after failing to impress. The Spaniard might be sent on loan if no suitable offer comes in. Others like Jack Wilshere, Callum Chambers, and Carl Jerkinson are also set to depart the Emirates this summer.