Arsenal face increasing competition to keep star striker Alexis Sanchez, and while contract negotiations with the club continue to stall ex-Manchester City manager and current boss of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, Manuel Pellegrini, has made the Chilean a truly eye-watering offer.
The Gunners are reported to have upped the offer to the 27-year-old in recent days and while that deal would give the star an additional £50,000 per week, the diminutive goalscorer is holding out for a further £70,000 per week.
Such a demand would see Sanchez earning in the region of £250,000 every seven days and almost double his current deal. While Arsenal will likely come back with an improved offer, the expectation is that it will again fall short of this mark.
While the back and forth continues in London, the Chinese Super League side has, according to the Sun, made an audacious offer to the Chilean.
According to former Manchester City and Malaga boss Pellegrini, Sanchez has a history of representing the biggest clubs in various leagues and so moving to China would see him continue that trend.
“If Alexis wants to come, we have a club for him right now. He can come to join us in China immediately.
“Step by step Alexis has led a career with a lot of intelligence.
“He started in South America, always playing for big clubs.
“After that he played in Italy, Spain and now in the Premier League, which is the most powerful in the world.
“Alexis has always done things the right way. Chinese football is growing every day and the interest in going there is increasing all the time.
“Maybe at this moment it is difficult to get elite players to leave Europe for China.
“But once they understand the environment and the great project that is building there I am sure many will come over.”
The club already boasts several foreign stars, including former Arsenal man Gervinho and Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi, with the latter reportedly earning £493,000 per week.
Whether a move to the far east and its burgeoning riches will entice the Gunners’ sharpshooter remains to be seen. From a career perspective the Chinese Super League has yet to become a world force and would be regarded as a lower league, despite the vast monies being paid to its footballing imports.
However, if Sanchez is merely after the money then a move to China is an absolute no-brainer.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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