Despite reports that Arsenal agreed a deal to sell Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City on transfer deadline day, Arsene Wenger has claimed that the deal was not very close.
It was reported that Arsenal had provisionally agreed a deal worth £55m, plus £5m in add ons with Manchester City for the sale of the Chilean, providing they could find a replacement.
The Gunners had a £92m bid accepted for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, but the stench man sensationally rejected a deadline day move to the Emirates, with it being thought he favoured a move to Liverpool.
Now, speaking to beIN Sports, Wenger has said:
“It was not very close.
“It’s very difficult for me to speak about that because what I want now is the player to focus on his career, on his season and on Arsenal football club.
“I cannot tell you everything that happened because after when you decide to let a player of that calibre go you need to replace him, because nobody would understand why you let the player go.
“And when you cannot do it you keep the player and make a financial sacrifice, because at the end of the day what you want is to have a team with a good potential and top quality.
“So that means Alexis Sanchez will go, like Mesut Ozil, in the final year of his contract, or you think that during the season you find a way to extend the contract, or at the end of the season the player goes for free.”