Arsene Wenger has admitted that the Arsenal have potentially sacrificed £70m by forcing Alexis Sanchez into the final year of his contract.
The Chilean international has just 10 months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates, and was widely tipped to leave the Gunners, with Manchester City the most likely destination.
However, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger set out his stall early, insisting that Sanchez would not be sold at any price, and has now admitted that the decision will cost Arsenal up to £70m!
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger said:
“You take Sanchez into the final year of your contract, you sacrifice £60m-£70m income and then at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money.
“So it has a huge price. So at some stage you have to make a decision you have to sacrifice one or two [players].”
However, the deal to take Sanchez to the Etihad looked like it could happen on Deadline Day, with Arsenal provisionally agreed a deal worth up to £60m providing that they could find a replacement for the 28-year-old. That replacement looked set to be Thomas Lemar who Arsenal agreed a £92m deal for, only for the player to turn down the move.