Wenger and Arsenal willing to make financial sacrifice on Sanchez
Arsene Wenger has no plans to sell soon-to-be free agent Alexis Sanchez, even as the Arsenal forward's contract winds down.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he is willing to make a "financial sacrifice" and lose Alexis Sanchez on a free transfer.
Sanchez is out of contract at the end of the Premier League season and the Chile international is no closer to signing a new deal as he reportedly eyes an exit.
The 28-year-old has been linked with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Wenger, however, has no plans to sell Sanchez, even as the former Barcelona forward's contract winds down.
"It is a financial sacrifice. It is a sacrifice that you have to calculate how much it costs," Wenger said of Sanchez, who sat out the season-opening win over Leicester City and will miss Saturday's match against Stoke City due to an abdominal strain.
"If you let the player go and you buy somebody you spend maybe more than you lose. And as well if you extend the contracts it costs you maybe more than you lose when you keep the player. So you have to consider the length of the contract as well that the players want.
"So all that is in consideration, the financial sacrifice is not as heavy as it looks."
"It's my decision, but after the board has to of course agree with me. And if they don't agree we have to consider it as well, and I will accept it. But the board is behind me on that," the Frenchman continued.
Wenger added: "You can have an estimation of what it costs if you lose the player, what it costs if you extend the player, and all that. What it costs if you buy a new player. You can do that, approximately. After that, the ratio between what the player will cost, what he brings back, this has gone.
"How can you quantify today what Neymar costs? Will he bring €300million back? It's impossible to say. There is a part that is rational, and the other part is completely irrational: it is passion, ego, pride, you can call that how you want. How much is that worth financially? Maybe that's down to every club."