Arsenal facing fight to stop Alexis Sanchez joining Chelsea this summer
Sanchez targeted by Antonio Conte who wants Chilean at Stamford Bridge in time for 2017/18 season
March 28th, 2017
Alexis Sanchez is apparently unhappy at Arsenal, not least because the Gunners are unlikely to win silverware this season. They are nowhere near Chelsea in terms of challenging for the title and risk missing out on a top four spot.
Sanchez has fifteen months left to run on his contract with the Gunners, with Chelsea looking at the prospect of trying to sign the Chilean in the summer. The Guardian report that Antonio Conte has spoken with the Chelsea hierarchy about the feasibility of landing the forward.
The 28-year-old currently earns in the region of £130,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium and will want to continue playing in the Champions League, with Arsenal unlikely to make the top four this season.
While the Arsenal supporters would regard Sanchez leaving for Chelsea as unforgiveable, he wouldn’t be the first modern day player to do this, with Ashley Cole having made the same switch.
Sanchez would be looking for a pay increase to £250,000 per week, something that might be too rich for the blood of Arsenal, although losing their star player would be a big statement in terms of the club’s ambition.
Arsene Wenger recently declared that Sanchez’s contract talks were on hold until the end of the season, with the player having been at loggerheads with his manager and team-mates in recent weeks. It seems that Chelsea are now ready to pounce.