PSG step up efforts to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Jason Burt
PSG have stepped up Alexis Sanchez interest - 2017 The Arsenal Football Club Plc

Paris Saint-Germain have stepped up their efforts to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in the wake of Chelsea’s strong interest.

Several elite clubs, in fact, have emerged in the hunt for Sanchez although they all face a battle with Arsenal to make the move happen.

Telegraph Sport reported earlier this week that Sanchez has put Chelsea at the top of the list of clubs he wants to join and is keen on the prospect of move across London.

Sanchez has gone on record as saying he wants to play for a club with a winning mentality – and that he is settled in London – but PSG have received sufficient encouragement to believe they remain in the running if a transfer can be agreed.

Arsenal do not want to sell to a Premier League rival which may strengthen the hand of PSG or Juventus or other foreign suitors – including several Chinese clubs.

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PSG have long tracked Sanchez and have held a series of discussions with his representatives. It is understood those talks have now been stepped up again as the French club seek a significant overhaul of their squad this summer targeting a number of big-name signings.

The manner of PSG’s Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona has convinced the club that it needs to add greater experience to its young squad and Sanchez is regarded as an ideal addition to the forward line.

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Given PSG have recently brought in Julian Draxler and have built their attack around Edinson Cavani it may suggest that Angel Di Maria’s future at the club is less certain if they conduct an overhaul.

As things stand it is also likely that PSG will stick by coach Unai Emery for next season as long as they finish in the top two in the French league and qualify directly for the group stages of the Champions League.

Sanchez is understood to want to leave Arsenal where he has 12 months left on his contract after this season. However Arsene Wenger has already stated he is not going to sell the 28-year-old and, if he does not sign a new deal, is prepared for him to run down his current contract.

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