Why Arsenal and Arsene Wenger Have Changed Their Mind on Selling Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have changed their mind over whether to listen to offers for Alexis Sanchez when the January transfer window opens, according to reports.

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has constantly insisted that Sanchez would not be sold in the new year, and that he would see out his contract at the Emirates Stadium. The contracts of both Sanchez and Mesut Ozil expire at the end of the season, meaning they will be free to leave for nothing in the summer.

Manchester City is expected to make a renewed offer for Sanchez, the former Barcelona forward, when the transfer window reopens on January 1 after bidding for him in the summer. While Wenger has always said the club would be resolute over selling Sanchez, there is a suggestion that Arsenal have been forced to change their mind.

Members of Arsenal's back room staff believe Sanchez's work-rate has dropped in recent weeks with his time at the club slowly coming to a close and so they will consider offers, according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal, the report says, would be willing to speak to any clubs making offers in the region of £35 million. Manchester City put a £60 million bid on the table in the summer for Sanchez.

Arsene Wenger and Alexis Sanchez
Arsene Wenger, left, and Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium, London, September 25. Arsenal has reportedly changed its mind about selling Sanchez in January. IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in Sanchez, and Arsenal may be more likely to sell to a club outside of the Premier League. A deal with PSG becomes even more appealing should the Gunners be able to bring Julian Draxler to the Emirates Stadium as part of the deal.

Draxler, the German forward, has been a player on Wenger's radar for the past few seasons but moved to the French capital in January last year from Wolfsburg. He has only scored three goals in 26 appearances so far this season, being outshone by Neymar, the summer signing and world's most expensive player.

The addition of Neymar from Barcelona and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe from Monaco will make opportunities in the PSG starting line-up increasingly competitive.

Draxler could be available in the new year with PSG valuing the 24-year-old at £40 million, according to The Sun, and Wenger sees him as the ideal replacement for Sanchez.

Wenger is keen to bring in a replacement for Sanchez before selling him.