Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the decision to keep Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal comes ‘at a huge price’ following reports that Manchester City had put forward an offer totalling £60 million for the Chilean.
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Arsene Wenger revealed the thinking behind his decision and weighed in on the current climate of the transfer market.
“You take (Alexis) Sanchez into the final year of your contract, you sacrifice £60 to £70 million in income and then at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” said Wenger.
“It has a huge price. So, at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two (players).”
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ended up being one of those players, though The Gunners avoided letting the England international see out his contract and leave for free; he joined Liverpool in a £40 million deal.
“The amount of money (being spent on players) is completely disconnected to reality and the truth.”
“No matter how well you work on the football pitch, you cannot make a player go from €15 million to €150 million. But the calculation between investment and what you can get back has gone. It’s just: can you afford to buy or not?”
Reports around England are suggesting that Manchester City will come back into the market for Alexis Sanchez in January, and that they could land the Chilean forward’s signature for as little as £20 million.