In the final year of his contract, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was the focus of transfer rumor talk throughout the summer. With the transfer window closing Thursday night, those rumors will likely persist until that point. On Tuesday it was reported by David Ornstein of BBC Sport that Arsenal turned down an offer for Sanchez from fellow Premier League side Manchester City.
Per Ornstein’s report, Arsenal would require not only a significant amount of money but a player as well in order to complete a deal for Sanchez. The club has long maintained that Sanchez is not for sale, even with his contract due to expire at the end of the current season.
A name that has surfaced in reports regarding a possible swap is that of Raheem Sterling, with it being reported by The Mirror that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is willing to part with Sterling in a deal that would land Sanchez. However that runs counter to a report by ESPN FC that City has not offered Sterling to Arsenal in order to sweeten the deal, and they prefer to make a cash-only move for Sanchez.
The nature of the transfer rumor mill should make for an interesting couple of days when it comes to Sanchez’s future. The Chilean international made his season debut for Arsenal on Sunday, and he was hardly a factor in the 4-0 demolition the team suffered at the hands of Liverpool.
Having a player of Alexis Sanchez’s caliber would be key for Arsenal as it looks to get back into the Champions League places after finishing sixth last season. But given the contract situation, which could leave Arsenal with nothing should Sanchez stay and then leave next summer on a free transfer, it remains to be seen if manager Arsene Wenger can hold firm on his refusal to sell.