Selling Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rivals Manchester United makes no sense according to pundit Jamie Redknapp.
The Red Devils have emerged as surprise front leaders to signing the Chilean international despite it appearing as though Manchester City had the transfer wrapped up.
Suddenly it’s a chase between the two Manchester sides on who can offer more to the Gunners and Sanchez himself with Jose Mourinho determined to get his man.
Reportedly the London club are looking for a fee around £35m whilst City are only willing to go as high as £20m for a player whose contract runs out in the summer.
It’s been understood that United now lead the chase, happy to meet Arsenal’s price tag but it Redknapp insists selling to Mourinho makes no sense to Arsene Wenger.
According to JOE, Jamie wrote in his Sky Sports column: “For them [Arsenal] to finish in the top four this season is not going got be easy, and that’s why selling Sanchez to Manchester United would make no sense to me at all.
“Sell him to City. The truth is that Arsenal and Manchester City aren’t rivals, but Arsenal are big rivals with United because they are both fighting for those top four spots.
“Wenger has put so much emphasis on finishing in the top four over the years, so why would he now go and strengthen one of his main rivals?”
As bizzarre as Jamie Redknapp’s words are they do make sense but it’s unlikely that Arsenal fans would be too keen on their star player leaving at all.
Whilst it may be in Wenger’s interest to not strengthen a rival, it could be argued that he may have little say in the manner if the player wishes to leave.
He could of course deny Alexis Sanchez a move entirely but he’s unlikely to get any good performances from the Chilean if he chose to do so.
His best choice is to sell for as high as possible and to not allow Sanchez to complete the move until there’s a replacement which is what some reports claim is the case.