According to the Mirror, Manchester City are preparing a bid of around £70m to try and tempt Arsenal into selling Alexis Sanchez, after having a previous bid of £50m reportedly turned down. The Sky Blues have been keen on the Chilean’s signature for some time, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to renew acquaintances with the player he signed and managed for a year at Barcelona. However, Arsenal aren’t looking to sell Alexis.
On Saturday evening Arsenal travel to Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League, with the Gunners hoping to make it two wins out of two in the English top-flight.
Stoke endured a mixed pre-season campaign after losing star winger Marko Arnautovic to West Ham. An opening day 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park added to the Potters woes.
Mark Hughes sides have won just one of their last six games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also lost seven of their last 11 league games.
Arsenal have been consistently linked with a move for PSG and Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler. However, despite the constant links the attacking midfielder has eluded the Gunners grasp in recent seasons.
Maybe now is the ideal time for the club from north London to make a move for the undoubtedly talented playmaker.
Down the pecking order in Paris
Draxler joined PSG in January from Wolfsburg and enjoyed a decent first half a season in the French capital. He made 17 Ligue One appearances, scoring four times and producing one assist. The playmaker also played twice for PSG in the Champions League and scored against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
According talkSPORT, Arsenal have offered forward Alexis Sanchez a contract worth around £300k-a-year to stay past next summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said the Chilean international would not be sold before his contract with the club expires and it appears Arsenal are still holding out hope that he could yet commit his future and put pen to paper on an extension.
In an interview with SFR Sport 1, Wenger’s believed to have said: “He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract? We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”
On Friday night, Arsenal kick-off their Premier League campaign by hosting Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners head into the campaign in optimistic mood having beaten champions Chelsea on penalty kicks in the Community Shield last time out. Summer signings striker Alexandre Lacazette and defender Sead Kolasinac looked to have bedded into the team nicely.
The team from north London have enjoyed a generally a mixed pre-season. However, the Gunners will expect to pick up three points in this Premier League opener. Leicester have a terrible record against Arsenal, as the Foxes have won just one of the last 33 meetings between the two teams.
Chilean international Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Arsenal’s opening Premier League game on Friday night. German international playmaker Mesut Ozil is also a major doubt for the clash with the Foxes. Both players missed the recent Community Shield win over Chelsea.
Speculation persists about Sanchez’s future, despite Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stating that the forward will stay with the north London club this summer. An abdominal strain has ruled the Chilean out of the clash with Leicester, a game the Gunners are odds of 1/ 2 to win.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that Chilean star Alexis Sanchez will miss the opening Premier League game against Leicester City on Friday.
The 28-year-old forward missed the Community Shield triumph over Chelsea with a flu, although there were some contrasting reports regarding his unavailability as Arsene Wenger now said Sanchez was out with an abdominal strain.
“Sanchez will not be available. He had a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training. he had the scan two days ago. He’s out for, er, I don’t know,” Wenger told journalists.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update on Alexis Sanchez ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea, revealing the Chilean international would be fit enough to feature this weekend. Alexis has returned to training and is now building up his match fitness ahead of the new season.
He may not start against Chelsea, but the 28-year-old will make the bench and could feature late in the game. “He is good, as you can see from training. He had a good rest, so he needs to work on his fitness but once he is in a game he is sharp. He doesn’t look like he has been away. He is over the flu, yes. I told you it was never a problem for us,” said Wenger to Arsenal.com.
Arsenal face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday in the traditional curtain raiser for the English Premier League campaign the Community Shield.
Arsenal head into this clash as the FA Cup holders, having beaten Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 in May’s final. The Gunners have endured a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez’s future dominating the headlines.
The former Barcelona looks set to stay and see out his contract in north London. The Gunners only two new arrivals are defender Sead Kolasinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette, two players who will expect to be regular starters for the Gunners this season.
According to talkSPORT via the Express, AS Monaco have made a £45m for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. The Ligue 1 side could be losing Kylian Mbappe after the teenager reportedly requested a move from the Stade Louis II and Sanchez could now be replacing him.
The Sun journalist Martin Lipton believes Monaco will consider giving Arsenal Thomas Lemar as a “bargaining chip” to allow them to sign Sanchez, with manager Arsene Wenger having said in no uncertain terms that the Chilean would not be sold.
He would need a lot of convincing, although Arsenal have had three bids rejected for Lemar and may soften their stance if they sign the 21-year-old.