Arsene Wenger has made Borussia Dortmund ace Marco Reus his primary transfer target, if Arsenal lose Alexis Sanchez next summer, according to reports in Mirror.
The North London club have been locked in contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez for a while now and as it stands right now, the talks doesn’t seem to have progressed as expected.
The Chilean international has 18 months left to run on his current deal and Wenger is concerned that the forward might not sign an extension.
The reports in Mirror claim that Arsenal will target Borussia Dortmund forward, Marco Reus if Sanchez does indeed leave the club. Sanchez is said to be demanding wages of around £200,000-a-week and is also insisting on a buy-out clause to be included on the new contract.
The Gunners are desperate to tie him down to a new deal, having already signed Hector Bellerin to a new contract, while Mesut Ozil also seems likely to sign an extension.
However, it remains doubtful if Sanchez will sign the new deal offered by the Emirates club. Reus has been long linked with a move to the Gunners, and it is believed that a fee of around £30m would be sufficient to lure him to North London next season.
Sanchez has scored 50 goals in 107 appearances for Arsenal so far and is one of the best players currently plying their trade in the Premier League, without any doubt. In his new role as a striker, the Chilean has blossomed and has been showing some of his best form since joining the club.
Reus is a top player and a very capable replacement, but his injury record is one that would scares most clubs. He has only recently come back off a long-term injury which kept him out of Germany’s Euro squad and it will be interesting to see how he performs on his return.
Sanchez has earned plenty of respect from Arsenal fans with his hard working displays on and off the ball and most of them would like to see the Chilean play for the club as long as possible.
The club also seem to be on the same page and that is the reason they have started negotiations almost 2 years prior, but it remains to be seen whether they can find some common ground with Sanchez on the new contract.
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