Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants the January transfer window scrapping as reports suggest Manchester City are preparing a £20m move for Alexis Sanchez.
Sanchez was the big story of the transfer window with the ‘will he, won’t he’ saga ending with the Chilean staying at the Emirates. It was claimed on Deadline Day that Arsenal had finally agreed to a £55m + £5m in add-ons deal with Man City on the provision that they could sign a suitable replacement.
That replacement was Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, who despite being told he was free to leave in what would have been a £92m transfer, chose to stay with the Ligue 1 champions for a little longer in a move which scuppered Sanchez’s move to the Etihad.
Various reports now claim that City will return in January with a £20m as they look to tempt Arsenal into cashing in on him, rather than letting him leave for free in the summer.
However Arsene Wenger has claimed that the January transfer window should be scrapped completely:
“What’s happening now is that the transfer window is closed. September will be okay.
“The players who are tapped up in October, they already start to think: ‘Where do I go in January?’
“That’s not the way to be on board with the football club. We are here to entertain people.
“You can [only] do that with people who are on board together, with people who want to achieve something together.
“Not with people who, when things don’t go well, think: ‘Where can I go next?’”