Arsenal round-up: Sanchez update; Oxlade-Chamberlain contract talks; Lemar bid revived
Arsenal are standing firm when it comes to Alexis Sanchez, as the transfer saga surrounding the Chilean is set to rumble on until the final days of the window. The Mirror report that the club won’t consider selling unless a bid of £70 million is submitted for the player with only one year left on his current contract. Arsene Wenger is the one who is insisting the attacker can’t be sold, but it is understood that he has the full backing of the board.
This saga will continue to make headlines until the transfer window is closed, but it is becoming more and more likely that he remains at the Emirates Stadium. There doesn’t seem to be a great desire from the player to push for a move and there have yet to be serious bids submitted from interested clubs. A sale can’t be ruled out until the deadline has passed, but the signs look promising for the Gunners.
Another player who has an uncertain future is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman has been linked to rival clubs during this summer transfer window, but time is running out for him to leave North London. The Mail report that he is set for crunch talks with the Gunners over his future as the club are keen to tie him down to a new contract. Arsene Wenger is desperate to keep him at the club and is prepared to risk losing him for nothing next summer.
It is a huge financial risk to keep three first team players at the club when they have only one year left on their current deals, but that is what Arsenal are planning to do. The board could intervene before the deadline and out of the three, Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one that is the most appealing to sell. He has yet to nail down a first team place and his departure wouldn’t affect the squad as much as selling Sanchez or Ozil would. It would be a blow to lose him to a rival club, but they could recover from it.
Thomas Lemar has been a priority target for Arsenal this summer and there could still be some hope when it comes to landing the player. Le 10 Sport report that Monaco haven’t ruled out the possibility of selling the midfielder this summer and the report goes on to say that the Gunners could come back in for the player in the coming days.
Arsene Wenger will know that in an ideal world, he needs to sign at least one more player. They are looking light in terms of quality in midfield and that is an issue that should really be addressed. Lemar would be a great signing, but it would be a surprise if they managed to complete a deal during this window. The Ligue 1 champions have been clear in their stance all summer and a change of heart seems unlikely.