Arsenal round-up: Sanchez to stay; Seri update; Chambers bid rejected
Arsenal are set for a busy deadline day and there have been plenty of rumours doing the rounds this morning. Alexis Sanchez is going to play a big part today as Manchester City still want to sign the attacker. Sky Sports report that the Gunners are not going to accept a cash offer for the player. They believe they have done good business in selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but won’t do a similar deal for last season’s top scorer as there isn’t enough time left to sign a replacement.
This is an encouraging update for Arsenal fans that want to see Sanchez stay at the club, but a departure can’t be ruled out until the deadline has passed. Manchester City won’t be deterred and they will come back with an improved bid before the deadline. It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will stay true to their word or fold at the last moment.
There are unlikely to be any major incomings at Arsenal, but they are continuing to monitor the market. The Evening Standard report that they are still interested in Jean Michael Seri from Nice. Although the club are yet to formalise their interest, they could be tempted to make a move for the midfielder before the end of the day.
Seri has been a player linked to the club all window and it seems unlikely that they would make a firm move for him now. They have had the chance to pursue him for the entire summer and they have refused to do so. If it looks like Sanchez is going to leave for Manchester City, the state of play in this deal might change. At this stage, a transfer looks unlikely.
The Gunners are determined to keep defender Calum Chambers at the club, amidst interest from Leicester City. BBC Sport report that the Foxes have made two bids in the region of £20 million, but both have been turned down by Arsenal. Interested clubs were quoted £27 million earlier in the window and it could take a bid of that size to convince Arsene Wenger to sell.
A departure seems unlikely, as Arsenal have been weak at the back and their chance on Chambers has changed. They were happy to let him go earlier in the window, but it is now thought that Arsene Wenger wants to keep him at the club. There will be an opportunity to prove himself at the Emirates Stadium. This is a deal that could be revisited in January, if he doesn’t get game-time during the first half of the season.
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