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Arsenal’s hopes of keeping Alexis Sanchez this summer have been dented after Bayern Munich chiefs sanctioned a £21.7m-a-year offer for the Chilean.
The Bundesliga giants are heavily interested in the forward and are reported to have met with Sanchez’s agent last month in Germany.
The 28-year-old has 12 months to run on his deal at the Emirates and Premier League rivals Manchester City are also interested in signing the former Barcelona man.
Sanchez’s hefty wage demands threatened to scupper a move to Germany but, according to Kicker, Bayern have decided to break their salary barrier to sign him.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are prepared to offer Sanchez an astonishing £21.7m-a-year, meaning he would be the highest paid player in the club’s history.
Sanchez’s wages would far exceed the likes of Robert Lewandowski, who earns around £16m-a-year.
Arsenal are determined to keep Sanchez this summer but would likely agree on his exit if Bayern table an offer of around £60m for the Chilean.
Manchester City pose the greatest threat to Bayern’s chances but Arsenal would rather sell abroad if they were forced into a situation where Sanchez’s exit became inevitable.
Sanchez confirmed today that he is leaving the matter of his future in the hands of his agent as he prepares for the Confiderations Cup with Chile.
‘I’m watching what my agent does,’ said Sanchez.
‘For now I’m focused on the Cup here in Russia and try to do well. The truth is that my representative will see it.
‘He knows and will sit with the club seeing what is best for me. I would like many things, but I only think about the selection.’