With contract talks still not in full swing, Arsenal could have to fend off interest in Alexis Sánchez this summer.
The Chilean’s current deal only runs until 2018 and Arsenal are eager to enter talks with him to tie him down for the considerable future.
Otherwise, there is a risk of losing him.
A poor season for Arsenal hasn’t put the club in the strongest position for negotiations but players like Alexis must look at their own performances too. It took a long time for the winger to fire this year, had he found top form sooner Arsenal may have had a little more success.
Regardless, the club’s second highest paid player reportedly isn’t happy in London and Arsenal could have a fight on their hands to keep him.
With all that in mind, Juventus are allegedly keenly looking at the situation. The Old Lady are likely to lose Juan Cuadrado this summer when the Colombian heads back to Chelsea and Alvaro Morata could also leave, with Real Madrid tempted to activate his buy-back clause.
Alexis was targeted by Juventus back in 2014 but Arsenal could afford to bid more and offer a higher wage, clinching a deal ahead of Liverpool.
However, the Italians have since seen Carlos Tevez leave and, with Cuadrado and possibly Morata the next to go, Alexis is supposedly their number one target this summer.
With two years left on his Arsenal contract, Alexis wouldn’t realistically be allowed to leave this summer even if there is little progress in contract negotiations. Arsenal aren’t in a position where they have to sell.
Moreover, Alexis’ current Arsenal contract is worth double that of Juventus’ highest earner, Paul Pogba. A move really doesn’t seem on the cards.
Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for the Chilean by media in Chile and Germany but, once again, Arsenal are in the driving seat for the time being.