Alexis Sanchez is ready to pledge his future to Arsenal and sign a new deal to keep him with the Gunners until 2020.
John Cross of the Mirror said the contract is worth a potential £40 million to the attacking wizard over five years—in light of interest from Real Madrid. The player has already “agreed the deal in principle,” and team-mate Mesut Ozil is expected to follow suit.
Sanchez joined the club from Barcelona for £35 million in 2014, per Phillips, and he immediately became a fan favourite among the Arsenal faithful.
Cross noted the new deal will see the 26-year-old net £150,000 per week with “major incentives” written into the contract.
However, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday that negotiations for any new deals for Sanchez and Ozil are yet to take place, as relayed by the London Evening Standard.
The news will disappoint the Galacticos and Red Devils, as both giants of the game hoped to add the player’s creativity and goals to their squad.
Sanchez has featured 47 times in the Premier League since his transfer from Barcelona and has scored 22 goals, according to WhoScored.com.
Despite his success, former Arsenal striker and pundit Alan Smith proclaimed on Sky Sports News HQ that Wenger should consider resting the talent as he believes Sanchez faces burnout.
If Arsenal have ambitions to win silverware, it is imperative they hold onto players of the class of Sanchez and Ozil.
The Chilean has the explosive capabilities to beat any defence in England, giving the Gunners the ammunition they need to force a genuine title challenge.
A sale to Madrid or United appears to have been completely discounted by Wenger, and this could be the best decision the Frenchman makes in the next six months.
The Arsenal coach has amassed a brilliant attacking midfield to supplement the team’s forward line, and losing either Sanchez or Ozil would harm any chances his team has of winning the Premier League in the near future.