Gun­ners be­gin search for Sanchez’s suc­ces­sor

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Arse­nal have started plan­ning for life without con­tract rebel Alexis Sanchez.

The Chile star is at the cen­tre of a long-run­ning con­tract wran­gle that is show­ing no sign of be­ing re­solved. And the Gun­ners look like they have ac­cepted Sanchez will leave this sum­mer by start­ing to look for his re­place­ment.

The club’s scouts have been asked to find for­wards wor­thy of fill­ing Sanchez’s shoes. Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, Borus­sia Dort­mund’s Marco Reus and Porto’s An­dre Silva are all ad­mired at the Lon­don club.

Sanchez cur­rently earns £130,000 (RM715,000) per week and has been of­fered a new deal worth an ex­tra £50,000 a week.

But he will not ac­cept an of­fer be­low £250,000.

The for­ward en­ters the fi­nal 12 months of his deal at the end of the sea­son, at which point Arse­nal will con­sider sell­ing him to en­sure they do not lose him for noth­ing when his con­tract ex­pires in 2018.


Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette is one of the play­ers on Arse­nal’s radar.

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