PSG bid for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez 'could depend on Angel di Maria exit'

The Ligue 1 side have been linked with the Chilean as the player grows increasingly unsettled at the Emirates Stadium

Samuel Lovett@samueljlovett
Tuesday 07 March 2017 12:40
Sanchez in training ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich
Sanchez in training ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are interested in making a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez but any bid for the Chilean is expected to depend on Angel di Maria’s future at the Parc des Princes, reports suggest.

Sanchez looks close to be nearing a Premier League exit as he grows increasingly unsettled at Arsenal. The 28-year-old has yet to sign a new contract and The Independent understands the player was dropped by Arsene Wenger for Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool following a training ground bust-up with a team-mate.

In light of such developments, PSG have been subsequently linked to the forward with Patrick Kluivert, the club’s director of football, already considering potential summer transfer window targets.

But in order for PSG to accommodate the former Udinese and Barcelona man, one of Edinson Cavani, Di Maria, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore or Julian Draxler would have to make do with more time on the bench or part ways with the club entirely, according to ESPN.

It seems Di Maria could be the man most likely to step aside for Sanchez after L’Equipe reported the Argentine was unhappy at PSG’s attempts to push him toward a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League during the January transfer window and, as result, could opt to leave the club this summer.

PSG are keen on Sanchez and have sounded him out through intermediaries regarding his possible interest, which was reportedly met with a positive response.

It’s understood Sanchez stormed out of a training session last week due to an angry disagreement with a team-mate, that continued in the changing rooms once the rest of the team returned there after finishing.

Wenger subsequently dropped Sanchez for the Liverpool game for what he felt was the good of the team, rather than any tactical decision to go "direct", as the manager tried to profess after the game.

The Arsenal boss has since dismissed reports of a training ground bust-up as “completely false”.

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