Inter Plot Sanchez Coup

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The race to sign Arsenal striker, Alexis Sanchez, 28, got a little more crowded with Italian sports daily, Gazzetta dello Sport, claiming Inter Milan are interested in the Chilean.

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are both chasing the 28-year-old with the Premier League club favourites to land the £50m-rated star. However, the Gunners will welcome Internazionale’s interest as it raises the prospect of a bidding war for the wantaway striker.

Arsenal were left reeling when his wage demands increased to £400,000 per week. The mood among the club’s support shifting toward letting the player go at those rates. With Lionel Messi reportedly ‘only’ on another £100k per week more, Gooners question whether Sanchez is in that league.

With Mesut Özil still to publicly confirm his plans, the lift that the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette brought is being weighed down by the ongoing contractual disputes.

Inter, with new Chinese owners, are determined to lift themselves from the mid-table torpor which engulfed the club in recent years. Sanchez, with a host of Europe’s elite clubs chasing him, would represent a coup for the owners and reinvigorate the staff and supporters.

Bayern Munich are distancing themselves from the Chilean. Uli Hoeness, the club’s president, recently commented that the wage demands were beyond what ‘FC Hollywood’ were willing to pay. The suggestion is that they would prefer the striker to stay at the Emirates another season and sign him on a free transfer.

With Manchester City ruled ‘out of bounds’ by the Emirates Stadium heirarchy, Inter’s interest is less welcome for Bayern and may require a change of approach. Formerly with Udinese, Sanchez has experience of Serie A which will make the destination more appealing.

Arsenal haven’t yet ruled out the player remaining in north London but as time passes, the chances of that become more remote.