Alexis Sanchez has bizarrely been linked with an Emirates exit after a single season at the club, but is ready to snub external interest in favour of a new Arsenal contract, as reported by the Metro.
In the year and a bit that Alexis has been at Arsenal, we’ve run out of superlatives for the dynamic Chilean. He enjoyed a fantastic debut season at Arsenal, and has threatened to replicate that form at times this season.
His sublime displays have resulted in links away from the club, with Real Madrid allegedly looking to lure him back to La Liga.
The Metro’s report (citing reports in Spain) claims he has no interest in leaving the Emirates though, and will instead sign a new deal with Arsenal – with a couple of caveats attached.
The former Barcelona star is willing to pen a new deal to keep him in North London long term, but wants a pay rise and a say in the club’s transfer plans.
Alexis is already one of the club’s highest paid players on around £130,000 per week (via the Daily Star), but it’s hard to refuse him more after the season he had.
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As far as having any kind of control over transfers, it’s hard to see that happening. Arsene Wenger is the type of manager who will take his player’s advice into consideration, and if one of his stars claim a player would suit the club then he will look into it. He’s not likely to be held to ransom by his players though, so that’s as far as we’d expect it to go.
It seems probable that Alexis wanting a say in transfers is most likely just his way of saying he wants the club to show ambition. He’s a player that obviously wants to win the biggest trophies, and while we are close to building a side that can challenge across the board, we are realistically still a few key players short.
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Hopefully things get resolved quickly, and we are able to tie Alexis down and move on from the speculation.