Alexis Sanchez has finally returned to London after being granted an extended break.
The Chilean was given an extended break after he helped Chile reach the Confederations Cup. He was originally due back on Sunday, but due to illness his return was postponed until today.
Alexis has now returned to London, as confirmed on Instagram account. He, his dogs and his lawyer – all the important players – are finally back.
He had been holidaying in Chile before returning via Paris. According to the Telegraph, he had to visit Paris to renew his work permit that allows him to play in England, rather than be having talks with Paris Saint-Germain
So, what happens now? Alexis is due to return to full training tomorrow and prepare for the opening game of the season against Leicester next Friday. As far as Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is concerned, it’s business as usual.
Quite what the 28-year-old has planned we can only guess. His return was delayed after he announced he was ill, complete with a picture of him snuggling up with his dogs. He could well have been genuinely ill, but it didn’t stop speculation that he laying the foundations for a strike in an attempt to force a move away from the club.
Alexis leaving the club has been treated as a certainty rather than a possibility all summer long. Manchester City have been touted as his most likely destination as they have Pep Guardiola and a seemingly endless supply of money.
The Arsenal forward going to Manchester City has been so nailed on that Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich dropping their interest has been spun as Alexis deliberately pricing himself out of a move abroad.
All the while, Wenger has maintained that the player will not be sold to anyone, and hopes that Alexis will sign a new contract during the season.
The Telegraph reports that Arsenal would be willing to pay Alexis £300,000 per week, while other reports claim that Alexis wants £400,000 per week or even more – something that only City would be willing to pay, conveniently enough.
We’ll now see if Alexis will ask to leave, or if he’ll get on with it and we can all start focusing on football again.