The latest twist in the Alexis Sanchez saga has been reported by BBC Sport this morning, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claiming that the Chilean hasn’t asked to leave the club this summer.
It has been widely reported over the past few months that the 28-year-old talisman has been seeking an exit from the Emirates – as per The Times – with Manchester City a likely destination.
But speaking at a pre-season press conference, Wenger denied these claims: [When asked if Sanchez is to leave this summer] “No.
“The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want.”
Sanchez has a year left on his contract at Arsenal but it had been looking increasingly likely that Manchester City would sign him, with The Guardian claiming a £50 million agreement was almost in place.
However – should Sanchez remain at the Gunners next season – Wenger will need to try and persuade him into signing a new deal or risk losing him for free when his contract expires next year.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports have claimed that an agreement has been reached with fellow Premier League side Leicester City over the signing of young Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho this summer.
Sources close to Sky believe that a fee in the region of £25 million has been proposed by the Foxes, with City accepting, and now the formalities of a move need to be completed.
This includes whether the Citizens wish to insert a buy-back clause into his Leicester contract, to avoid making the same mistake as Chelsea did with Romelu Lukaku – who recently snubbed a return.
It is thought that both parties – and Iheanacho himself – are all keen on the switch taking place.
The 20-year-old has struggled for regular first-team opportunities during Pep Guardiola’s debut season as manager, only managing five Premier League starts behind both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
Finally, it has been reported this afternoon that West Ham have stepped up their interest in signing Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
BBC Sport have claimed that the Hammers have been listed as an option for the 30-year-old goalkeeper, with his future at Manchester City in doubt following the signing of Ederson Moraes.
It is understood that, although there is currently no concrete deal in place between the two Premier League sides, Hart is considering a move to East London.
Guardiola and Hart have endured a testing relationship since his arrival at the Etihad last summer, immediately being sent out on a season-long loan at Italian side Torino at the duo had a falling out.
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