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22 July 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger laughs off news of Alexis Sanchez joining Paris Saint-Germain for any price, saying, ‘It’s only media imagination’

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger laughs off news of Alexis Sanchez joining Paris Saint-Germain, saying: “It’s only media imagination”.

The Gunners chief has hit back at reports after the Chilean forward was said to have met officials of the French club in a Paris hotel.

Arsene Wenger has said Alexis Sanchez is not joining Paris Saint-Germain
Arsene Wenger has said Alexis Sanchez is not joining Paris Saint-Germain
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Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move to PSG and was reportedly in Paris
Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move to PSG and was reportedly in Paris
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Sanchez was at the five-star Royal Monceau Raffles to meet with the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director Antero Henrique on Friday.

Senior sources in the French capital have confirmed Sanchez, 28, arrived by limousine at the £600-a-night hotel.

Henrique was then spotted leaving the hotel later in the day.

The source added: “His business here is confidential, but we are very used to having superstar footballers staying.”

The deal is said to cost £45million, however reports on Saturday suggested it could in fact be closer to £70m.

However, following Arsenal’s 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea in their pre-season clash in China, Wenger laughed off the claims.

Chelsea star Pedro taken off with head injury after being clattered by Arsenal keeper David Ospina
The £600-a-night Royal Monceau hotel where talks are said to have taken place
The £600-a-night Royal Monceau hotel where talks are said to have taken place
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris


He told reporters: “It’s only media imagination”.

At the Bird’s Nest Stadium, Michy Batshuayi scored twice and set up another for Willian as Antonio Conte’s side showed they mean business in their title defence.

There was more drama for Arsenal at half-time when Olivier Giroud wasn’t allowed to take to the pitch.

Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez to PSG is a creation of the media
Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez to PSG is a creation of the media
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The French forward had not been named on the team-sheet and was not going to be allowed on by the ref as a sub.

But Wenger told him to get himself on and he made a different to Arsenal in the friendly, although could not prevent a first defeat of their tour.

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