Alexis Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal seems imminent as he didn’t travel with the Arsenal squad to Bournemouth and won’t feature in Sunday’s Premier League match.
Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger while hinting that the player is set to leave, described the attacker’s situation as ‘vague’.
The 29-year-old is subject of a transfer tussle between Manchester United and Manchester City this month , with Pep Guardiola’s side refusing to budge on their £25 million offer for the Chilean.
Alexis was on his way to Etihad to team up with former coach, Pep Guardiola before Jose Mourinho indicated a last minute interest in the attacker.
City are said to be willing to go as high as a £20m fee and £290,000-a-week for Alexis’ services, while United are reportedly offering £30m and as much as £350,000-a-week should he reject their city rivals and choose Old Trafford.
“He’s being vague at the moment, the situation is not completely decided one way or the other so I left him at home,” Wenger told Sky Sports ahead of his side’s clash with Bournemouth on Sunday.
“Yes [a resolution is imminent], but don’t read too much into it because even I don’t know really which way it will go.”
It is understood that Arsenal will sanction the sale of Sanchez once a replacement – believed to be Bordeaux starlet Malcom – is brought in.
The Gunners are in advanced talks with the player’s representatives and it’s expected that deal will go over the line before the January transfer window closes.
It has been suggested that Wenger is also keen on signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan from United in a deal which could work in the Red Devils’ favour, should Alexis show an interest in signing for United.