Rivals on alert as Arsenal name price for contract rebel, fans will be raging- report
By Matt Farr
Arsenal are set to demand close to £50million for the services of Alexis Sanchez if he refuses to commit his future to the club, according to a report.
The Standard understand that Arsenal have settled on a valuation for their star performer, who has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the club.
But fans will no doubt be left raging at the reported £50million valuation, which will be considered well within the reach of many of their Premier League and European rivals.
However, they will be aware that Arsenal risk losing the player on a free next summer if he does not sign a new deal.
Sanchez, 28, has seen his relationship with the manager and his team mates become increasingly strained this season, with just 14 months left to run on his current deal.
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The Chile international was believed to have walked out of a training session earlier this month after a bust up with Arsene Wenger, and was later dropped to the bench for the crunch tie against Liverpool – which they lost.
However, Arsenal remain confident of striking an agreement with their star performer, who has scored 22 goals and supplied 18 assists this season.
Negotiations with the player have been put on hold until the end of the season after an alarming run of form that has left Arsenal in grave danger of missing out on the Premier League’s top four.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal must do everything in their power to keep hold of Sanchez. The continued departures of their key players over the years is an alarming trend, and Arsenal must put a stop to it to shake their feeder club tag. But that looks unlikely to happen unless they can win titles, and Sanchez is certain to leave this summer if Champions League football is not on offer next season. £50million is a lot for a player soon to be entering the final year of his contract, but rival clubs would see him as a bargain. Sanchez would walk into most of the top sides in Europe, and £50million is a more-than-fair price to pay for that kind of talent. The real question is, can Arsenal replace him for £50million? That’s doubtful.
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