Arsenal have been challenged to spend €25million on Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, after it was revealed that Juventus have been scared into upping their efforts to sign him.
Recent reports have indicated that Arsene Wenger is keen on acquiring the Chilean international during the summer transfer window and, according to Italian newspaper TuttoSport, that’s been enough to worry Juve chiefs. The Turin outfit were heavy favourites to sign Sanchez, and certain sources relayed that they had reached a verbal agreement with both the player and his agent that he would move to the Serie A in the coming months.
However now that Arsenal have registered their interest it’s believed that Juve are preparing to up their offer from the €16million they initially valued their target at, to a €25million bid that would force Barcelona’s hand in their favour. With the money that Wenger has been promised for the summer transfer window it’s evident that the Gunners want to bring in top names, and so Juventus are now panicking that they could be beaten to Sanchez.
Having netted 20 goals in all competitions this campaign it’s clear that the 25-year-old would be a boost to either side. Whether or not Barca will be coaxed into agreeing to a sale before Arsenal can formally make their approach remains to be seen.