Paris St Germain dramatically re-entered the race to sign Alexis Sanchez. It seemed that the former French champions had landed Patrick-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £61m but that collapsed when new sporting director, Antero Henrique, baulked at the fee.
The Parisien club are desperate to return to the top of French football after Monaco snatched their crown last season, as well as compete for the Champions League.
Last season’s European adventure ended in a humilating debacle when PSG became the first side to be knocked out of the Champions League having won the first leg by four goals. Barcelona hit six in return to prevail 6 – 5 on aggregate.
Unai Emry was expected to lose his job as a result but the Spaniard continues with the shake-up happening at board level.
The Daily Express reports that PSG returned to stalk Arsenal’s contract rebel, Alexis Sanchez. The talismanic Chilean was a rare bright spot in the Gunners fall from grace last season, leading the club’s scoring charts as well as blazing a trail with the most assists.
Bayern Munich were regarded as favourites for the Chile international but PSG offer serious competition for a player who is desperate for a genuine tilt at both domestic and European glory.
Arsenal are adamant Alexis will not be sold to Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Manchester City, despite the latter being prepared to pay up to £10m more than Bayern’s £40m valuation.