Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez looks set to leave the Emirates this summer with German champions Bayern Munich ready to spend as much as £50m to get their man. The former Barcelona forward has only a year to go on his current contract and is yet to sign a contract extension with Arsene Wenger’s side.
According to a report in Chilean news channel El Mercurio, his agent Fernando Felicevich is in Munich for talks with the club echelons and a deal with the Bavarian giants could also see the 28-year-old striker wages increased. Alexis currently earns £170,000 per week which could increase to £215,000 per week.
The 2016/17 season has been the most constructive season of his career having netted 29 goals in all competitions. Alexis could even touch the 30-goal mark if he scores in the final match of the season – the FA Cup final against Premier League champions Chelsea.
Bayern president Uli Hoeness also confirmed that the club would not be allergic to spending big if required. “If there is a player that we really want, we have to spend more money than we have ever spent,” the president explained.
Chile teammember Arturo Vidal also believed Alexis would be a great signing for the club. “When they ask me, I always say that [Alexis] is the player that has to come to Bayern,” vidal said. “If Alexis wants to compare himself with others, he has to come where the best are.”
The former Udinese forward has had an offer on the table from the Gunners since 2016 but has always maintained that he will only discuss a new deal at the end of the season. Both he and German midfielder Mesut Ozil (Gunner’s two most expensive transfers) have postponed contract talks to see how the season panned out.
However, his departure from Arsenal squad now looks a distinct possibility after the Gunners failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Arsene Wenger’s team finished fifth in spite of winning seven of their last eight Premier League matches.