By Dominic Toner
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez wants to leave the club in the summer and is keen on a move to Spanish club Sevilla, according to a report.
The Daily Star claim that Sevilla are the frontrunners to sign the 28-year-old attacker ahead of Atletico Madrid, who are interested if they can get their transfer ban restricted.
It is understood that Sanchez is a big fan of Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli after working with him for Chile’s national team and the La Liga club are in pole position.
The report details that Sanchez has made his decision to leave the Emirates Stadium after growing frustrated at the lack of progress.
It is believed he was looking at a new contract of more than £200,000-a-week to stay with the Gunners, but now looks set to turn his back on the club after negotiations stalled.
Sanchez has easily been Arsenal’s best player this season and has thrived in a more advanced central position.
He has made 34 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring 20 goals and supplying 16 assists.
His stats prove how crucial he has been to the north London club this season and they will fear losing their talisman.
Sanchez is frustrated that Arsenal look almost certain to bow out of the Champions League last-16 against Bayern Munich after losing the first-leg 5-1 at the Allianz Stadium, while they are 13 points adrift of leaders Chelsea in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Sevilla have proven their European pedigree with three consecutive Europa League trophies to their name and they are also challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for the La Liga title this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsenal fans will have every right to be angry if Sanchez leaves the club in the summer for Sevilla. The attacker has been dynamite for the team this season and should win the PFA Player of the Year after his goals and assists tally. He is an incredibly hard working player and is without question the world-class player in the Gunners squad. They need to secure his long-term future at all costs if they want to finally take a step forward and compete in Europe. Arsenal will find it impossible to replace Sanchez with the same quality and it would be a major step back for the club.
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