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Wenger believes losing Alexis Sanchez for nothing next summer will cost the club a huge sum of money.
Sanchez who is in the final year of his contract wanted to join Manchester City in the just concluded summer transfer window but Arsenal blocked the move because a replacement couldn’t be signed.
The striker doesn’t look like he is going to sign a new deal at the club, meaning could leave for free when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Wenger has now conceded that the club’s decision to keep the striker could cost us a whooping £140 million if he doesn’t sign a new contract.
City were prepared to pay £60m for Sanchez on deadline day and that fee coupled with the money the club would have to spend on his replacement may see Arsenal lose up to £140m.
“You take a Sanchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice £60-£70m income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger told beIN Sports, as reported by Goal.
“It has a huge price so at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two.”
That’s a huge sum of money to lose in this current transfer window that is so inflated.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for clubs to hold on to their star players because of rise in wages and the inflation in the transfer market.
Players begin to demand exorbitant wages, making it difficult for club’s to tie them down to new contracts. That was the exact case in Sanchez’s saga.
The striker demanded a massive pay-rise, which the club wasn’t willing to pay, as a result stalling early negotiations. Had both parties been able to reach an agreement in the early stages of contract negotiations, we wouldn’t be faced with the prospect of losing the striker for nothing.