Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the president of Bayern Munich has appeared to have confirmed that Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez will not be moving to the Bavarian club.
The 28-year-old forward has been linked with a move away from Arsenal after the Chilean refusing to sign a contract extension with the club. Rumours and speculation have suggested that Arsenal could end up selling Alexis Sanchez during the January transfer window, rather than see him go for free once his contract expires.
Manchester City and Pep Guardiola aggressively pursued the 28-year-old during the summer transfer window, only to see the move collapse on deadline day. While Arsene Wenger held firm on not selling his prolific forward, the Gunners were after Monaco’s Thomas Lemar as a replacement for Sanchez. However, both moves fell apart after Arsenal and Lemar couldn’t come to an agreement.
While Bayern Munich was a part of the race for the Chilean, Rummenigge has hinted subtly that Alexis Sanchez’s heart was never set on a move to Germany, but instead towards the Etihad Stadium instead. In an interview, the Bayern Munich president said “I think Sanchez has already decided for a club, so I suppose that the door will be closed in January.
“That’s not an issue, and he is no direct substitute for Robert Lewandowski, as he is not a real centre-forward. The possibilities [to bring in an additional forward] will be limited.”
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“If you have a good player, you will not give it up just for a huge amount of money. We will not be ready to spend horrendous money on a transfer. But maybe there is a good candidate who does not cost a lot of money and makes sense.”
However, while Manchester City cannot officially talk to Sanchez until the end of the season, Bayern Munich will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement in place as soon as January. Which means that all the Bavarians have to do is negotiate and come to an agreement over contractual details without having to pay a massive transfer fee to Arsenal.
Despite the president’s comments, for Bayern Munich replacing both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are going to be a very hard job, but bringing in Alexis Sanchez would be the simple solution. But on the other hand, for Arsenal, it just adds to their list of headaches when the January transfer window rolls about and the Gunners need a worthy replacement.