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30 July 2017

Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez set to ‘hand in transfer request’ in bid to force through Manchester City move

ALEXIS SANCHEZ will reportedly try and force through a Manchester City transfer within the next week.

The Chile star, 28, is set to force Arsene Wenger’s hand by putting in a transfer request, according to The Sunday Mirror.

Alexis Sanchez will reportedly hand in a transfer request at Arsenal this summer
Alexis Sanchez will reportedly hand in a transfer request at Arsenal this summer
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Alexis Sanchez is desperate to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
Alexis Sanchez is desperate to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
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Sanchez was due back at Arsenal on Sunday but posted an Instagram selfie claiming to be sick.

Wenger has since confirmed he has the flu.

The Frenchman is also adamant contract rebel Sanchez, whose current deal expires next summer, will be at the Emirates next season.

But Sanchez is reportedly desperate to link up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

And Arsenal legend Alan Smith has urged his former club to cash in on the £60million ace NOW.

The forward has also been linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain this summer – but made sure only City can land him by demanding a staggering £400,000 a week.

Sanchez has already rejected Arsenal’s £275k-a-week deal.

Alexis Sanchez called in sick for Arsenal training after posting this selfie on Instagram
Alexis Sanchez called in sick for Arsenal training after posting this selfie online
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Alexis Sanchez is demanding a staggering £400,000 a week
Alexis Sanchez is demanding a staggering £400,000 a week
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It is thought the club are preparing another contract of £300k a week for one year, with a promise to review next summer.

But Sanchez reportedly hopes his personal plea with the Gunners will allow for a sensational exit.

Alexis Sanchez will tell Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he wants to leave
Alexis Sanchez will tell Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger he wants to leave
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Alexis Sanchez factfile

  • Born in Tocopilla, Chile on December 19, 1988
  • Began his career in Chilean club Cobreloa, breaking into the first-team after one year in 2005
  • Signed for Italian club Udinese in 2006 and spent one season on loan at Colo-Colo in his home country, then another at Argentine club River Plate
  • Signed for Barcleona in 2011 in a £23million deal
  • Won La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa, Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup during three seasons at the Nou Camp
  • Signed for Arsenal in 2014 for £35million
  • Won the FA Cup in 2015 and 2017, as well as the Community Shield in 2014 and 2015
  • Claimed the Cop America Cup in 2015 and 2016
  • Named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year in 2015

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks about Alexis Sanchez's return and Arsenal's pre-season

Speaking after Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Benfica on Saturday, Wenger insisted his star player would be going nowhere.

He said: “He has flu. I have spoken to him by text. We have been in touch with him and his doctor. He will come back as soon as possible.

“There’s no development. He’s staying. Of course.”


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