Former Arsenal midfielder, Paul Merson believes that Arsenal will let Alexis Sanchez join Chelsea if the Blues meet up with the valuation the Gunners have placed on their star forward.
Sanchez to Chelsea rumours have been gathering momentum following the 28-year-old’s comments about London being a nice place, and being willing to join a team that will compete for the major trophies on offer, and Merson said, as quoted by The Sport Review:
“I think Sanchez will leave this summer, I don’t think Arsenal will finish in the top four and if they don’t finish in the top four then I don’t see him staying.I know the way Arsenal work so there is no way they will let Sanchez leave for nothing if they can get £50m for him in the summer. They will have no qualms in selling him to Chelsea. Arsenal will have no choice – if Chelsea are the team that are prepared to pay £50m then Arsenal won’t let him see his contract out…”
Sanchez’ current deal at The Emirates expires in 2018, and so could be allowed to go so as not to be lost on a free transfer. The Chilean is apparently wanted by Chelsea as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who is rumored to be a high priority signing for Real Madrid.
If Sanchez is sold full stop, but if he is allowed to leave for a paltry £50m in today’s market, questions really need to be asked about the direction and ambition of our club.