These ongoing rumours of Alexis Sanchez considering leaving Arsenal if his wage demands are not met simply seem to go on and on, no matter how much Arsene Wenger tries to brush them off. This certainly hasn’t been helped by the news that a top Chinese team, Hebei China, who are coached by former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, are supposedly preparing an offer that would see Sanchez earn around £500,000-a-week.
There is absolutely no way that Arsenal would pay even half of that, and if Alexis is intent on earning as much as possible before he retires then an offer like that would be extremely hard to turn down for the Chilean.
Those sort of wages would play havoc with Arsenal’s ‘prudent’ management, and would probably not even be possible under the new FFP rules, but the TV Pundit Ray Wilkins reckons that if Arsenal were forced to sell, there would be one silver lining. He told talkSPORT: “If Arsenal are looking and the Chinese are coming in with those kind of offers, I reckon that’s £80m for Sanchez.
“That’s Arsenal’s get out.”
But Wilkins does agree that Alexis should certainly get a big enough pay rise to keep him happy. ‘Alexis and Ozil deserve bonkers money’
“He epitomises what a footballer should be. His work ethic, his ability is superb.
“He’s almost become irreplaceable for Arsenal. Wenger plays him when he just gets back from Chile.
“He’s now become so important. I think he’s brilliant, the guy’s great.”
I agree he is important, but is he really irreplaceable? With £80m in their pockets, Arsenal could finally go out and buy that superstriker we have all been calling for for years. Yes, Sanchez scores goals and works hard, but is he as clinical and instinctive as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who would probably be worth about the same amount of money?
The Gabon international is a machine. After scoring an incredible 39 goals in 49 games for Dortmund last season, he has started this season in even better form with 19 goals in just 20 matches.
So what do you think? Would you sell Alexis if we could get Aubameyang in exchange?