No PSG con­tact over Sanchez, says Wenger

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Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger said yes­ter­day he has had no con­tact with Paris Saint-Ger­main re­gard­ing Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the sea­son through in­jury. Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just com­pleted a world-record 222 mil­lion eu­ros ($260 mil­lion) swoop for Barcelona superstar Ney­mar.

But Wenger said he had not heard from PSG pres­i­dent Nasser Al-Khe­laifi and re­ferred to French me­dia re­ports sug­gest­ing PSG are more in­ter­ested in sign­ing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. “It’s a long time I didn’t speak to Nasser, be­cause it’s cer­tainly very busy to com­plete the trans­fer of Ney­mar,” Wenger told a press con­fer­ence at Ar­se­nal’s Lon­don Col­ney base.

Asked if he ex­pected Al-Khe­laifi to get in touch, Wenger replied: “No, no. I think if you read the French pa­pers, they are on Mbappe’s case to fin­ish their trans­fer mar­ket.” Wenger was coy, though, when he was asked if any bids had been tabled for Sanchez.

“I can’t tell you that at the mo­ment,” said the French­man, whose side open their Pre­mier League cam­paign at home to Le­ices­ter City to­mor­row. “I just think we are not open-what I said to you many times-to any of­fers, any­way.”

Sanchez, who has also been linked with Manch­ester City, has not played for Ar­se­nal in pre-sea­son af­ter be­ing granted ex­tra time off af­ter play­ing at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup with Chile.

Wenger said the for­ward had sus­tained an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury and was likely to miss both Fri­day’s game against Le­ices­ter and the trip to Stoke City on Au­gust 19. “He has a lit­tle ab­dom­i­nal strain that he caught on Sun­day morn­ing in train­ing, be­fore he came to Wem­b­ley (for last Sun­day’s Com­mu­nity Shield),” Wenger said.

“He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while. I don’t know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be avail­able. I think he will not play at Stoke, yes.” Wenger added: “For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course. But we have all the other play­ers pre­pared in pre-sea­son and they are all ready.

“It can hap­pen in pre-sea­son and any­way, I don’t think I would have in­cluded him on Fri­day night. I don’t think I would have started him.”

Speak­ing af­ter Ar­se­nal beat Chelsea on penal­ties at Wem­b­ley, Wenger re­vealed he was look­ing to trim his squad be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closes, but he said no de­par­tures were cur­rently im­mi­nent.

“No,” he replied when asked if any play­ers were poised to leave. “Yes­ter­day I had the man­agers’ meet­ing and was talk­ing with the other man­agers in the other clubs. It looks like ev­ery­where there is many, many play­ers and a bit of con­ges­tion at the mo­ment ev­ery­where.” — AFP

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