German Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein has explained why Bayern Munich could struggle to sign Alexis Sanchez this summer.

  • Bayern are interested in the Chilean but don’t want to break their wage structure
  • They’re also reluctant to pay an inflated transfer fee

Bayern Munich are one of the clubs interested in signing Alexis this summer as the Chilean enters the final year of his contract.

According to Honigstein, though, there are two reasons why the transfer may not happen.

“He has asked for a lot of money, which Bayern could pay but they’re worried about the knock-on effect to the wage structure,” he said to ESPN, reports the Sport Review.

“Plus the real possibility of playing a huge inflated fee for someone who only has one year left on his contract.”

Bayern have a strict wage structure and have demonstrated in the past they will sell anyone asking for more money than the club’s valuation. Toni Kroos’ move to Real Madrid was said to be related to wages.

Alexis is reportedly asking for £280k p/w, which would see him earn more money than the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski at Bayern.

Arsenal are also reportedly asking for £50m for the Chilean, despite him only having a year remaining on his contract.

Manchester City are also interested, but Arsenal are refusing to sell to another Premier League team.

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