Arsenal received't promote Alexis Sanchez to Manchester Metropolis till substitute is signed

Callum Wilson AFC Bournemouth Premier League

"There is still an opportunity for (Mesut Ozil) to stay", said Wenger at his weekly news conference.

Sanchez and his agent would have to lower their demands, or face the possibility that Man City could walk away for now.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has struggled to make a lasting impression at Old Trafford since his £30m move to Manchester United from the Bundesliga club in 2016.

"I understand that the other teams (Manchester United and Manchester City) try to kill the other teams and to anticipate the situation".

"The only word I can say is he is a phenomenal player, apart from that Arsenal player and I feel I shouldn't say much more than this".

Sanchez played for FC Barcelona from 2011 to 2014, before moving to Arsenal.

And with Leonardo Cornacini of Elenko Sports - an agency representing Bordeaux talent Malcom, the player Arsenal are said to want to replace Alexis - in London, things seem to be happening.

Sanchez has been a long-time target for City but it is understood that the Premier League leaders feel the overall cost to sign the forward this month - including transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands - is now too high and must come down. "I don't think for the players it's a hard situation - probably they train the same way and it's not a dramatic change that isn't good in this period of the season".

Arsene Wenger acknowledges Arsenal will not let Alexis Sanchez leave until a replacement is signed.

"Nothing is really concrete at the moment and nothing is decided one way or another".

He said he was reluctant to speak about a player at another club, but did not rule out a United bid. So he wants to fight as well for the Premier League, that's normal when you are at that level.

Should he accept the £350,000-per-week offer, Sanchez would become one of the Premier League's highest paid players. We don't believe in signing a player just to do something. "I'm focused on Liverpool".

"I have a good relationship with Theo and I don't want him to be frustrated or lose an opportunity to go to the World Cup".

"But Henrikh is a very good player, he played in our last game and, assuming he trains normally at the weekend, he will be selected to play on Monday".

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