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Don’t hold your breath, Arsenal fans, for any more significant signings this summer – but those that don’t want Alexis Sanchez to leave can risk a huge sigh of relief.
Emerging from between the lines of Arsene Wenger’s regular weekly press conference was the strongest indication yet that Arsenal will not be bowing to any sort of player power from the injured Chile international.
Wenger admits no progress has been made on renewing a contract that allows the £50m rated player to walk away for nothing next summer – but that may just be a price that the club are willing to pay.
“At the moment he is a player who goes into the final year of his contract and prepares for the season – we have not made any progress on the other front.
“So am I really willing to let Alexis leave for free next summer? That is a consequence of what I say, yes, unfortunately.
“We have to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest and most of the time if you can find a good compromise, it’d better. But in this case, I think I prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side.”