Arsenal are facing further competition to hold on to Alexis Sanchez after Italian champions Juventus joined Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich in expressing an interest in the forward, whose future with the Premier League club is growing ever more uncertain by the day.
Bayern have already identified Sanchez a possible summer recruit, and despite announcing the double-swoop for Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches on Tuesday, the club remain in the market for a player who can strengthen their attack ahead of Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival.
Sanchez’s future has been thrown into doubt after he stormed out of the Emirates following his substitution in the 1-0 victory over Norwich two weeks ago, with his attitude said to have angered manager Arsene Wenger as well as his Arsenal teammates.
Arsenal’s failure to challenge for silverware this season has also added doubts to the Chile international’s happiness at the Emirates, and according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Juventus manager Massimiliani Allegri has identified Sanchez as a suitable addition to his squad as they bid to retain the Serie A title next season for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year – both Juventus and Torino have won the Scudetto five times in a row in the past.
Sanchez struggled with poor form and injury for the majority of the season having failed to build on his 25 goals in his debut campaign with the Gunners, though he has shown signs of being back to his best in recent weeks having scored six goals in his last eight Premier League outings.
Sanchez has already proven his worth in Serie A having excelled over five seasons with Udinese before leaving for Barcelona in 2011, and with Juventus expecting offers to come in for striker Alvaro Morata, Allegri is fully aware that he needs to strengthen his attack ahead of the 2016/17 season. The same report also identifies Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani as another target for the Italian champions.
With contract talks between Arsenal and Sanchez stalling, fans are beginning to fear that their prized-asset could attempt to leave the club, with the 27-year-old having two years remaining on his current contract. It was expected that he would sign a new deal that would run until 2020 and take his wages to £160,000-a-week to keep him at the Emirates, but those talks have been delayed along with Mesut Özil's proposed contract extension.
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