Arsenal will Start Sánchez at Chelsea Despite £20m Man City Offer

Arsenal will be starting Alexis Sánchez at Chelsea in spite of the £20m offer made to the player by Manchester City. Arsène Wenger will name Sánchez in his starting lineup for Arsenal for Wednesday evening’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg to take place at Chelsea, even though there is uncertainty regarding the forward’s future after Man City made the enormous offer to sign him during the transfer window in January.

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Wenger Rocked by the Loss of Özil
As Australian Open tennis betting reaches fever pitch, football fans and Wenger have both been rocked by losing Mesut Özil to an injury not specified. The midfielder joins Laurent Koscielny, Sead Kolasinac, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal, and Aaron Ramsey on the Stamford Bridge casualty list.

Wenger is stretched particularly in terms of defence, and will include Konstantinos Mavropanos, the new signing, among his substitutes. The centre-half, 20-years old, arrived from PAS Giannina in Greece last week, and Wenger had planned to loan him out, stating that the player was not yet ready to take to the field for Arsenal.

David Ospina will be starting against Chelsea instead of Petr Cech, the first-choice goalkeeper, but Wenger will have to choose his strongest team otherwise, which includes Sánchez.

City Eager to Sign Sánchez
Manchester City have wanted Sánchez since the summer, when they first tried to sign him, and, with the 29-year old player coming up to the end of his contract with Arsenal, they were pretty confident of getting him as a Bosman free agent when the season ends. Pep Guardiola will have to do without Gabriel Jesus for 8 weeks thanks to a medial collateral ligament injury, and this has made Guardiola all the more eager to sign Sánchez straight away. Man City has started talks with Arsenal already, indicating a willingness to pay £20m, although no one knows what the future will hold.

Multiple Football Clubs are Interested in Sánchez

Sánchez played under Guardiola at Barcelona in the past, and is now able to start discussing terms with clubs overseas. Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have both indicated that they are keen, but City remain in the forefront. A contract that would be worth £13m for each season until 2023, or £250 000 a week, has apparently been offered to Sánchez, and Wenger stated that he neither expected the player to leave, nor to stay.

City’s First Attempt at Signing Sánchez Failed

Manchester City agreed to a deal for Sánchez in August 2018 worth £55m along with £5m in add-ons, but it collapsed when Arsenal did not manage to sign Thomas Lemar, from Monaco, as a replacement. Arsenal offered to pay £92m for Lemar, which Monaco accepted, but there was not enough time for the player to agree to moving.

There is no doubt that Arsenal would renew their interest in Lemar if Sánchez does leave now, and the football club is also apparently interested in getting hold of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester and Cristian Pavón of Boca Juniors in the near future.

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