Rumours surrounding the future of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez continue to rumble on as the forward enters the final year of his contract.
It remains to be seen whether the Chilean will extend his current deal, but the Gunners’ are willing to risk losing their star for free next season.
Yet, the London club certainly have interest for their main man this summer, and French Champions Monaco are believed to be one of the teams interested, according to The Sun.
It has been a tough summer for the Ligue 1 club, having lost some of their top players, most notably Bernado Silva and Benjain Mendy to Manchester City as well as Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea.
The future of wonder-kid Kylian Mbappe also looks in doubt with recent reports suggesting the player wants to leave this summer window, as reported by L’Equipe.
However, with the French club interested in Sanchez, a world-class player could be arriving this summer. But what does losing the Chilean mean for Arsenal?
If the Gunners did sell Sanchez, a player capable of occupying all three forward roles and being very effective in each, they would enter the 2017/18 campaign without arguably their best player.
Since arriving in England, the Chilean has been a consistent goal scorer, his last campaign was particularly impressive as he scored twenty-four goals and assisted ten.
Yet, with Monaco interested, letting Sanchez leave in return for one of the French clubs stars could be good business by Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners have been chasing Thomas Lemar and the Ligue 1 Champions are willing to use him as a sweetener to sign Sanchez.
If Arsenal were to be given the right-winger, they would get a superb set-piece taker and one of Monaco’s best creators. In 12 Champions League appearances, last season the left-winger managed four assists and also chipped in with two goals.
A potential deal to bring Lemar to Arsenal would see him line-up with fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, a potentially deadly combination and one that could tear up the Premier League.
The Monaco winger plays similarly to Sanchez, cutting in from wide positions to link-up with his teammates, but he isn’t as potent in front of goal.
Nonetheless, Lemar is a talent and Sanchez’s goals aren’t as integral this season with a potent Lacazette leading the line. Therefore, gaining a creative winger would be a bonus for Arsenal, if they were to lose their key man.
While this deal makes sense, it is very unlikely, however. Arsenal don’t want to lose Sanchez and Monaco won’t want Lemar leaving them either. While rumours swirl, both the respective clubs are unexpected to let their main men go.