German international midfielder Mesut Ozil has been linked to Manchester United by The Daily Express this weekend but will sign a new contract extension and remain at the Emirates Stadium but it’s thought there could be a problem agreeing a new deal with Alexis Sanchez.
There are also rumours circulating this week that Mesut Ozil has bought a house near to where quite a few other members of the squad live, fuelling rumours that a new deal could be on the cards.
I don’t personally think either player will depart from The Emirates any time soon as they both look happy and are enjoying their football under Sir Wenger but a report from Daily Mirror’s chief football writer, the ‘ever-reliable’ John Cross via Sky Sports reckons it’s doubtful Sanchez will extend his contract at the Emirates:
“Of the two players Arsenal are trying to negotiate with at the moment – Ozil and Sanchez – Ozil is much more likely to sign,” he told the Sunday Supplement.
“I think Ozil will sign, but Sanchez is a bit more problematic. He has just 18 months left now. He is a very good player, he had a very good first season and was not so good last season – it was disrupted by injury, and I still think it’s a little bit up in the air over whether he will sign.”
The Journalist also reckons Sanchez will be after a release clause if he is to sign a new deal:
“I think there is some doubt over whether Sanchez stays or goes,” he added.
“He’s on £130,000-a-week at the moment and wants in excess of £200,000-a-week, and also in the mix I understand he wants some sort of buy-out clause, which would give him the ability to get away if the right move comes along. Ozil is stealing the limelight and I think he will definitely get in excess of £200,000-a-week. Whether Sanchez does too, we will see. Ozil already earns slightly more than Sanchez, which is an unusual situation because normally the superstar striker is the biggest earner at the club. Sanchez is happy in London as I understand it, but I think he is a little bit more restless than Ozil. I’m not saying he’s desperate to get away, but Arsenal have more of a battle on their hands to keep Sanchez.”
It has been all over the media in recent weeks that Manchester City and Juventus have both been keeping a close eye on Sanchez and it’s thought that both clubs are ready to break the bank to secure his signature, but the report from Sky via The Daily Telegraph’s chief football writer Sam Wallace says he’s not sure a move to either club would represent a good move for the Chilean international.
“From Sanchez’s point of view where does he go? You mention Juventus and Manchester City, we understand Manchester City is a bit of a conveyor belt but Juventus, while a great club and he would play Champions League football, Arsenal play Champions League as well. If you have a good plan B, sometimes it’s not a bad thing to let someone go. If there is a really good back-up plan for a younger version [of Sanchez] they think can do the job, then it’s not a bad idea, but I don’t trust Arsenal to have that back-up plan.”
So far this season Sanchez is our top scorer and in excellent form (if he’s not injured on international duty) so personally I’d hope Arsene Wenger will do all he can to keep him at The Emirates.