Alexis Sanchez remains determined to join Manchester City despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence that he will not be leaving Arsenal this summer, with PSG’s move for Neymar potentially ending their interest.
While the French boss claims he will risk losing Sanchez on a free next summer in order to keep him at the club in the short term, the Chilean – who spoke of his desire to play in the Champions League over the weekend – is still itching to depart.
And according to Le10Sport, City may be the only team left in the race to sign Sanchez after PSG cooled their interest due to the belief that he has his heart set on a reunion with Pep Guardiola.
The 28-year-old, who worked under the Catalan coach for just a single season at Barcelona, is totally focused on joining Guardiola’s revolution before the transfer window closes.
He has not shut the door to a move to PSG completely just in case Arsenal block a transfer to a domestic rival, but the French side are already moving onto different targets.
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According to reports emerging from Brazil, PSG are ready to make Neymar the world’s most expensive player by triggering his €222 million (£197m) release clause.
Esporte Interativo claim the Barcelona star has already agreed to move to Paris, where he would both link up with his good friend Dani Alves and escape the shadow of Lionel Messi, and a deal could even be completed within the next two weeks.
If that deal goes through, that would leave Man City as the only suitors for Sanchez and could force Arsenal to strike a deal if they cannot offload him abroad.
Speaking about Sanchez’s interview in Chile over the weekend, Wenger firmly stated his intention to keep the forward – who scored 24 goals for Arsenal last season – at the club.
‘The decision has been made and we will stick to that. The decision is not to sell,’ he said.
‘We played 20 years in the Champions League. That’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him, so he can get us back in there.’
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He added: ‘I don’t give too much importance to things that are translated, you know. The whole interview that I got didn’t really mean that.
‘The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.’