Arsene Wenger has once again insisted Alexis Sanchez will not leave Arsenal this summer and says the club have no financial need to sell the Chilean.
Speculation continues to link Sanchez with an Arsenal exit, with the latest rumours claiming Paris Saint-Germain are close to a deal.
However, Wenger is adamant Sanchez has not asked to leave and says the club do not have to sell him, even though he is into the final year of his current deal and could walk away for free next summer if he does not extend.
“Has he asked to leave? No. PSG can’t get Sanchez, so they are going for Neymar,” he said via Sky Sports.
“My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I’ve made it clear a few times; that this is my stance.
“We are in a strong financial position. Sanchez has got one year to go on his contract and we have no need to make money.
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“He will be part of the team next year and after that I can understand it.”
Wenger also opted to discuss the subject of tapping up, with regards to the speculation surrounding Sanchez, and admits it is hard to prevent.
“If you have top players you cannot stop it from happening. It’s frustrating but you’ve got to fight against it,” he added.
“Honestly, it is a problem, I don’t deny that. But is there a realistic way to fight against it? That’s the question that I ask.
“We’ve fought against this for 20 years but it still happens. How can you check when an agent meets a director from another club or which player speaks to who?
“It happens every day. I don’t know what we need to do really because no-one has found the right solution.
“We are respectful with the clubs. We ask them what they want to do, and if they don’t want to sell then we don’t insist. For some, that is where the difference is.”
This is not the first time Wenger has insisted Sanchez will stay, but his words have done little to prevent the speculation, and history shows players have left before despite the manager’s denials.