Reports from the Mirror said that the Chilean international, Alexis Sanchez could be set to receive a new five-year contract with the north London outfit following his five-star performance against Manchester United over the weekend.
The rumoured figure, according to the report, represents a pay increase for the forward and would keep him at the club beyond 2018, when his current deal is set to expire, with “a senior Arsenal source” saying, “It would be no surprise if there was a new contract offer.”
The 26-year-old only joined Arsenal ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, but he has already had a magnificent impact on his new side. In 62 appearances, Sanchez has racked up 29 goals and 15 assists in all competitions and helped the Gunners to a second successive FA Cup win last season.
Tying him down long term is some excellent business by Arsenal, as he is one of the few world-class players available to boss Arsene Wenger, and his presence provides them with an excellent platform to build on going forward.
Further, it will put the club in a much stronger position should he ever attract serious interest from other top clubs or decide to leave, avoiding the kind of lengthy farce Manchester United were forced to endure with David De Gea last summer.
Meanwhile, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez suffered a minor groin injury during the game against Manchester United played on Sunday.