Bayern Munich are rumored to have agreed to terms with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on a £350,000/week contract, and are in the process of readying a bid of £40 million for Arsenal to consider, so says John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
Arsenal has an outstanding contract extension offer on the table of £275,000/week for the player to sign, which has yet to do up till this point. And with his contract set to expire next summer, Arsenal are now in the position to either sell him for a return on their initial investment, or risk losing him for nothing next year.
Alexis didn’t exactly tamp down speculation surrounding his future, offering up this quote regarding his now-tenuous status:
“I’m looking at what my agent is doing. For now, I’m focused on the [Confederations] Cup in Russia and trying to do well.
“The truth is that my agent will see to it. He knows and he will sit down with the club to look for the best option for me. I’d like a lot of things but I’m only thinking about the national team.”
What he’s probably noticed when looking at what his agent has been doing - if the rumors are to be trusted, which they probably should be considering the noise surrounding his whereabouts over the last half-year - is successfully negotiating contract terms with other clubs. The rumored price for Alexis appears to be on the low-end of the spectrum, given his immense talent and output, but as a starting point in any potential negotiation it’s probably on par with what we should have expected in a rumor like this.
Today’s news doesn’t bode that well for Arsenal, and it appears we’re going to see just how strongly Arsene Wenger feels regarding his stance that Alexis will not be sold this summer - regardless of an extension or not.