For much of the summer, Bayern Munich have looked the most likely destination for Alexis Sanchez should the Chile international refuse to sign a new deal at the Emirates.
While Arsene Wenger has made clear he’d be happy to keep the attacker for the final year of his contract there have also been suggestions that Arsenal could cash in on the 28-year-old should a suitable replacement be found.
Already this summer the Gunners have bid for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, while the likes of Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez have also been targeted. Alas, no progress has been made.
In the meantime, Bayern, who have been tipped to make an offer for Sanchez in the region of £50 million, have been busy in the transfer market snapping up young talents with a view to dominating the Bundesliga in the long-term. So far they’ve sealed the permanent signings of 21-year-olds Kingsley Coman (£17.85m), Serge Gnabry (£6.8m) and Niklas Sule (£17m) and splashed out £35.2 million on 22-year-old Corentin Tolisso.
It’s a policy that has been defended by Bayern president Uli Hoeness who has hinted that big money signings for players nearing 30-years-old are not on their agenda. It sounds to us like they’ve no intention of touching Alexis.
“Everyone is talking about building a new team and how Bayern Munich’s future must be shaped,” Hoeness told Kicker [translated by The Independent].
“And then Bayern does exactly that – signs young players between 20 and 22 – and is criticised once again.
“But you can’t build a new team with €100m transfers for 29 and 30-year-olds. That isn’t a policy.
“Either we go down this road with all these young players, all getting a chance to play, or we don’t go down this road.”
So what does that mean for Alexis? A move to China seems improbable, PSG have turned their attention to Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea seem set on re-signing Romelu Lukaku. It leaves Manchester City as the only bona fide suitor at the moment.
That’s both worrying, because obviously they are loaded and can afford to pay both big wages and a huge transfer fee, and a relief because you can’t for one moment believe the Arsenal board will sanction a deal with another Premier League club. (LOL.)
Perhaps he might like to put pen-to-paper on a new deal at the Emirates? It would certainly be pleasant to draw a line under a saga that has been rumbling far too long.