The negotiations over Alexis Sanchez’s new contract have stalled after the Chilean has demanded that a release clause is inserted into the deal. The forward has two years left on his current contract but is thought to be happy to continue playing for the Gunners (via The Telegraph).
He certainly proved his importance on Tuesday night with that late equalising goal but worryingly Alexis Sanchez has just two years remaining on his current contract. The Chilean signed from FC Barcelona in 2014 and has scored 30 goals in 68 Premier League matches for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger claimed earlier in the week that the club were opening negotiations with both Alexis and Mesut Özil. “Özil and Sanchez,” Wenger said, “We will start to talk for their extensions.”
However it has now emerged that these talks have hit a snag. Alexis Sanchez has made his demands and insisted that a release clause is inserted into the deal as well as a wage rise. The release clause could be activated by another major European club should the Chilean become unhappy at the Emirates.
Gooners shouldn’t be too concerned by this news. Release clauses are the standard practice in other countries and nearly every player at clubs like FC Barcelona – Sanchez included when he was there – has a clause in their contracts. It’s good news that Sanchez is willing to sign a new deal at the club and Arsenal fans should read the story as such.