Chelsea have become favourites to land Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez after he dropped a major hint that he would like to move to Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old Chilean superstar has been brilliant for The Gunners since arriving from Barcelona in 2014 – when they paid more than £30million for his signature.
However, Sanchez has just over 12-months left on his current deal and with a new contract not imminent, it seems his future does lie away from the Emirates – especially with Arsene Wenger looking more and more likely to stay put.
Wenger has clashed with Sanchez in recent months and has dropped the South American star, and he is likely to have been riled further with the comments emerged from Chile.
Sanchez was back in his homeland for the latest batch of World Cup qualifiers and speaking to Publimetro he suggested that he wants to stay in London, but wants to win trophies – which means Chelsea, as they are the only other capital side who could match his ambitions and wage demands.
I’d like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality
“I am happy in London and hope to finish my contract there,” he said.
“I’d like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality.
“I’m 28 years old, I still have a lot of years ahead of me. I am a player who looks after himself.”
Paris Saint Germain and former club Barcelona have been strongly linked, but Chelsea have now been made new 4/1 favourites to sign Sanchez, following his latest quotes.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacted to Sanchez’s statement with a joke, but suggesting he is already with the ‘one’ club in London.
“In a positive way, there’s only one team in London, so he’s happy,” he quipped.
“I have not a lot to add. I think he’s happy here. We have not extended his contract, I hope he will stay at the club. You have to be cautious when they give interviews in their home country. The interpretation is not always correct.
“It happened before when we had to sell our best players. But that’s not the case any more. He has one and half years contract. I don’t think it is an immediate concern for Arsenal.”
Wenger insists that he thinks both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – who is also out of contract next year – will stay with the club.
“Once you go into the final two or three months of the season, everybody is focused on the season,” he continued.
“You give yourself a moment to relax. I personally believe both of them want to stay. I hope the club will find an agreement with them.”
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On his own future, he said: “I am very clear in my mind.
“Do I stay two more years? My commitment will be the same. It does not influence my attitude. I’ve always been clear in my mind.
“It’s a subject that is not sorted completely.”