PSG and Sanchez deal up in the air
It is a difficult rumour to ignore as a number of outlets are reporting a proposed £80 million bid for Alexis Sanchez from Paris Saint-Gemain. Having just doubled the former world transfer record, however, it is not easy to see this deal coming to light. PSG had a wanted list at the start of the season with three names on it, Neymar, Alexis and Kylian Mbappe. Since capturing their main target it is now difficult to see them continuing their pursuit of the Chilean. There is also the added fact of financial fair play to consider as the Ligue 1 club are now more likely to sell players to fund the Neymar deal than spending big again. If there is some truth to the bid then £80 million for a player in the final year of his contract would be good business for Arsenal. That is, however, providing they can replace with someone of similar quality, which may be the most difficult part.
£25 million bid for ‘the Ox’
A number of reports are claiming that Chelsea have launched a £25 million bid for midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With just one year left on his current contract, the 23-year-old will be free to leave at the end of the season unless a new deal can be reached. Both Liverpool and Chelsea have staked their interest over the summer but Arsene Wenger is adamant that he will remain an Arsenal player this season. Being given enough game time during this campaign may be enough to convince the England international to stay at the Emirates long term and with his newly discovered role at wingback at the end of last season he could feature heavily.
Perez likely to stay in the Premier League
It looks as though Lucas Perez will remain in the Premier League this season with Newcastle United being the most likely destination. It is understood that the player had agreed personal terms with Turkish club Fenerbache but Arsenal were not willing to let the Spaniard leave on loan. Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has since expressed an interest in the 28-year-old but a fee not yet discussed.
25 years of Premier League transfers revealed
Arsenal sit 6th in the list of total transfer fees paid during the Premier League years having spent around £800 million since 1992. The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at a club record £52 million this summer put them well ahead of sides lower down the list such as Newcastle United (7th with £769 million) and West Ham United (10th with £530 million). Those sides, however, have both spent years outside the division and do not share the same title ambitions as Arsenal. The five clubs above Arsenal have all spent more than £1 billion over the years putting into perspective how well the club has competed over the seasons considering the gap in spending. Chelsea top the list with over £1.7 billion paid out, more than double that of Arsenal. With transfer fees seemingly only increasing over the past few seasons some clubs will hit £2 billion in the coming years.