06 July 2017

Alexis Sanchez demanding incredible £400,000-a-week deal to stay at Arsenal with club’s offer currently £125,000 short of that figure

ALEXIS SANCHEZ is demanding an incredible £400,000 a week to stay at Arsenal.

Hitman Alexandre Lacazette last night completed a club-record £52million switch from Lyon which will see him earn £150,000 a week.

Alexis Sanchez is demanding an incredible £400,000-a-week to stay at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger is keen to keep Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal and not sell to rivals Manchester City
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Yet contract rebel and Manchester City target Sanchez, who has a year left on his current deal, turned down a weekly wage of £275,000 and is holding out for £400k — nearly £21m a year.

Arsene Wenger’s move for his countryman — who joins for an initial £44m — saw the club beat their previous record of £42.5m for Mesut Ozil.

Lacazette joins his fellow Frenchmen Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and — for the time being — Olivier Giroud at the club.

The 26-year-old said: “Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I dreamed of playing for this club.

“I like the fact the manager has been here for a while as it shows it is a stable club.

“There are also a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in.

The best of Arsenal's new signing Alexandre Lacazette – a man on top form at Lyon last season
Alexis Sanchez has just one year left on his Arsenal current contract
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Alexis Sanchez was key in Arsenals FA Cup win over Chelsea last season

“Arsenal play the best football in England so I really wanted to come.”

Lacazette will travel with the team on Sunday for a pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East.

Boss Wenger added: “He is a very efficient finisher and will help us challenge at the top level.”

Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal in a £52million move from Lyon
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Alexandre Lacazette signed a deal that will pay him £150,000-a-week in wages
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But Arsenal have been left stunned by Sanchez’s wage demands — and suitors Bayern Munich have now walked away, leaving City as the only likely destination for the 28-year-old Chilean.

Arsenal’s £17m flop striker Lucas Perez, 28, is set to return home to former club Deportivo La Coruna this week.

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