Arsenal could lose two stars as Man United & Man City plot big-money moves
Arsenal could see their two most bankable assets leave the near future if reports from a number of sources are to be believed.
Manchester City and Juventus are set to make a move for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez according to the Daily Mirror.
The 27-year-old has 18 months to run on his current deal and is seeking a big pay-rise and a failure to give in to his demands could spark a bidding war.
This source claims that both City and Juventus are ready to fork out £50m for the South American, which in today’s inflated transfer market is surely not enough to land such a proven talent.
Sanchez left Barcelona for Arsenal back in the summer of 2014 and has proven a very consistent performer and thus far this term has already racked up eight goals and five assists in all competitions.
Meanwhile the Daily Express suggests that Manchester United’s apparent interest in Mesut Ozil has led to Arsenal rushing to get the German international tied down to a new contract.
Ozil still has two years to run on his £140k a week deal but hopes to secure as much as £250k a week in any new contract, that may be a salary that Arsene Wenger is reticent to sign off on, given it would lead to a host of other stars demanding similar wage hikes at the North London club.
The 28-year-old, like Sanchez, has started the seaon brightly and also much like Alexis the former Real Madrid man is very much entering his peak and may be attracted by a fresh challenge.
Clearly a move to Manchester United would only be a realistic option if Jose Mourinho had directed the Old Trafford side back up the table and into the Champions League picture for 2017/18.
Apparently Man United are readying a move for Mesut Ozil if his contract talks break down with Arsenal.— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) November 11, 2016
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Arsenal are in something of a pivotal period in their recent history.
Wenger’s side have experienced a lengthy silverware drought but are challening for major honours this term but if they should fail in that endeavour then the likes of Ozil and Sanchez may feel the time is right to move on for pastures new.
There is some speculation that suggests that giving in to these wage demands could lead Arsenal down a road they do not wish to travel, though one wonders if failing to do so could spark an exodus.
Other top talents at the club are also being pursued by Europe’s ‘elite’ with Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin being another known to be courted by the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona.