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Arsenal Offer Alexis Sanchez In Swap Deal To Land Long Term Transfer Target: Smart Move By Wenger?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

The Alexis Sanchez saga seems to have no end as another new story has spurned out long after the Transfer Window has closed. It is no secret that Arsenal have failed to tie down their prized asset to a new contract and Sanchez, come the end of this 2017-18 season, will have come to the end of his contract and will be free to move on to any club of his choice as a free agent.

Despite the fear of losing such an asset on a free transfer, in a surprising turn of events, Wenger has chosen to not move the player on but to keep him for another season to help Arsenal win silverware.

A host of top European clubs have been linked with the Chilean winger whose impressive form has made him a top target for them.  The likes of PSG, Manchester City, and Chelsea have all been linked with him at one point or another during the summer. Sanchez was reportedly close to a deadline day move to domestic rivals Manchester City before Arsenal made a U-turn on the deal and chose to keep him instead.

The latest news coming out of the Emirates is that Arsenal are considering a sensational January swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and PSG star Julian Draxler.

Amongst interest from other clubs, the Gunners boss is considering PSG simply because he has been a long-standing fan of the 24-year old German. What is likely to make the deal happen, should it materialize is that the French giants are believed to be tempted by the idea, even though Draxler only joined them in January.

Draxler has been unable to cut into the star-studded first team at PSG and is willing to ply his trade elsewhere.

Add to that, Sanchez has cut an isolated figure on occasions this season but has continued to give his all on the pitch, contributing a goal and two assists in seven appearances. In January, with his contract up at the end of the season, he is free to talk to any foreign club and it now looks certain he will not sign a new deal with the Gunners.

Draxler will no doubt be also relinquishing the opportunity to team up with his national team-mates in the form of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker and is definitely more likely to have a starting spot at the Emirates. The same cannot be said about Sanchez though, who despite his excellent form, may find it difficult to compete with the attacking trio of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe. Can Wenger make this happen?

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