Arsene Wenger opens the door to Alexis Sanchez exit in January as Arsenal boss hints at replacements
It is understood that Arsenal may be willing to listen to offers in excess of £25m for SanchezArsene Wenger has opened the door to selling Alexis Sanchez in January.
Wenger has admitted that Arsenal may have to enter the market themselves if they receive a big money for Sanchez in the transfer window.
Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain are both keen with the French club ready to test Sanchez and Arsenal with a bid in January.
Sanchez is ready to join City on a free transfer in the summer and Pep Guardiola losing Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury may tempt them to make a move now.
It is understood that Arsenal may be willing to listen to offers in excess of £25m for Sanchez with Jack Wilshere likely to sign a new deal and Mesut Ozil wanting to see out his contract.
City know Sanchez is not cup-tied for the Champions League while Arsenal would offload him as his form has been patchy this season.
But Wenger hinted that if an offer comes along then they may have to consider it depending on whether they can bring in a replacement.
Gunners boss Wenger, whose No1 target is Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, said: “We are open in any position for the exceptional player who can give us a plus.
“Of course it depends a little bit on the injuries as well and on the other hand I must say it depends on if we manage to extend the contracts of the players who are on the end of their contracts in June.
“It will depend on that as well because we will have to take the consequences of these decisions and respond to it.
“We are out there and look of course to do some things yes, but we will do, when is very difficult to say because it is not only on us.”Arsenal turned down £60m from City for Sanchez in the summer as they could not get Lemar done in time and now they know they face more competition with Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool all interested and the France star’s demands are likely to go up.
They are keeping tabs on Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha but that is highly unlikely for January and Chelsea and Manchester City are more keen than Arsenal.
Wenger does want a centre half in January with West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Mainz defender Abdou Diallo on their radar.http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/arsene-wenger-opens-door-alexis-11786550