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Arsenal To Match £400,000-a-Week Chinese Offer For Sanchez

Chilean forward, Alexis Sanchez has been offered £400,000-a-Week contract from the Chinese Super League and Arsenal are keen on holding on to him and are ready to match the offer.

The cash-rich league is currently in its off-season, but will be keen to add to its growing roster of global stars ahead of the start of its 14th season in the new year. The ​Mirror report that Sanchez is one of the players being targeted, with talk of astronomical wages in the region of £400,000-a-week.

The Chilean is said to be using the offer as a bargaining chip to get as much money as possible out of the Gunners – with the club said to be growing concerned that a new deal is still nowhere near materialising.

With just 18 months left on Sanchez’s contract, Wenger would likely be forced to sell his leading man in the summer to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 12 months time – although he has been boosted with news that Mesut Ozil looks to be coming closer and closer to signing a new deal of his own.

Manager Arsene Wenger alluded to the contract talks ahead of Tuesday night’s thumping win over Basel, ​saying: “The luxury of the modern game means it should not only be about the money, because the players, wherever they play, make good money at this level.

“I believe, personally — maybe I am a bit naive — that it’s more about getting to meet the player’s needs. The way the club has values, the way the club has ambition, the way the club respects the players. For me, that is more important nowadays and an important ingredient for every player to consider. The money is good everywhere.”

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