Arsenal transfer news: Sanchez to go for free, Thomas Lemar open to move, and more - 27th November 2017
Arsenal could lose Alexis Sanchez for free
The Chilean is in the final year of his contract and has refused to negotiate a new deal so far. The 28-year old almost joined Manchester City in the summer with the Citizens matching Arsenal's asking price. However, the London side failed to sign a replacement on deadline day and eventually, pulled the plug on the deal.
In the months after transfer deadline day, Sanchez has not signed a new contract and now Wenger is looking to cash in on the player in January instead of losing him for free next summer. However, the Arsenal manager's wish might not come true with each of the superstar's suitors willing to wait until the summer.
Manchester City continue to remain interested in the player, but are at a disadvantage when compared to the foreign clubs. This is because Pep Guardiola's side cannot agree a pre-contract with Sanchez due to the possible domestic complications. On the other hand, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) do not have the same constraint.
While this spells bad news for Manchester City, Arsenal will be hoping the player moves out of England if he is set to leave, instead of strengthening a rival. Reports currently point to PSG being ahead of the queue as they are willing to pay his wage demands of £350,000 per week, which is expected to be higher than whatever Bayern and Manchester City will offer.
Different elements in this saga are set to make Sanchez's transfer the one to watch in the coming year.
Lemar open to Arsenal move
The Gunners hold a long-term interest in the AS Monaco playmaker and tried to sign him all summer. In fact, they came close to landing the player on transfer deadline day with a bid of around £90 million. However, the Ligue 1 club's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev deemed it was too late to conclude a deal and Lemar remained at Monaco.
Meanwhile, the 22-year old is yet to hit the heights of last season but Vasilyev has recently ruled out a move in January. However, he did not rule out a move in the summer after the World Cup. Nevertheless, Arsenal are looking to sign the player as early as January, if the Daily Mail is to be believed.
The Frenchman could prove to be an ideal replacement for Mesut Ozil, who is set to leave next year. The report further states that the Gunners are not going to bid in the same region as the summer and a lower bid is to be expected. In an even more positive news, Daily Mail reports that the player is now open to a move to the Emirates.
Thus, Arsenal have the required boost to push for a move as early as January and signing Lemar could ease the loss of quality players such as Sanchez and Ozil.
Arsenal ready to sell Jack Wilshere
The Englishman has been at the club since 2001 but has failed to nail down a starting spot in Arsene Wenger's side, mainly due to several injuries. In order to find form and fitness, Wenger allowed Wilshere to go out on loan to AFC Bournemouth last season but the move did not prove to be a defining one.
The 25-year old returned back to the Emirates this season and has played in the Europa League so far without making a single Premier League start. The midfielder recently expressed his frustration over the same and how the lack of game-time will lead to an omission from England's World Cup squad.
Now, Sunday Express have reported that the club has considered the situation and are set to sell Wilshere in January, especially with his contract expiring in the summer. The Gunners are seeking a decent fee for the midfielder, and this will serve as a boost for interested clubs as well as the player.