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Arsenal could have a successful transfer window by selling star player Alexis Sanchez, as long as he is replaced by Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, says The Mirror’s John Cross.
With just one year remaining on his Arsenal contract, the 28-year-old Chilean international is still refusing to renew as he also seeks to leave before the end of this transfer window. Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have been interested in making a move but The Independent understands that Sanchez favours City, even though they would offer a lower wage than all of those European rivals.
Bayern have actually already been put off by the size of the terms quoted to them to get the Chilean – believed to be over £250,000 a week – and one feeling expressed by those close to the German club is that it is because he so wants to go to the Etihad to reunite with former Barca manager Guardiola.
Sanchez was the Gunners’ top scorer with 30 goals last season, but Cross says the club can’t risk losing out on £50m or £60m by allowing his contract to expire next summer.