Gunners begin search for Sanchez’s successor
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.