Arsenal are facing a potential nightmare with regards to their star player Alexis Sanchez with some club officials believing they may have to cash in on him this summer.
According to The Telegraph, Sanchez has become increasingly disenchanted with life in north London and recently stormed straight out of the Emirates Stadium after being substituted against Norwich City.
While Arsene Wenger shrugged the incident off in front of reporters, he is believed to have been irked by the forward's behaviour. Even some of his Arsenal team-mates saw it as a 'prima donna' incident and were suitably unimpressed.
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There was also accusations of petulance after Sanchez failed to clap the away supporters following Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City. The Chile international scored during the match but headed straight down the tunnel following the final whistle.
The reason for his frustration is not entirely clear but it would be no surprise if Arsenal's infamous collapse in the Premier League title race has anything to do with it. The Gunners were outright favourites for the title at the start of the year but some awful results against the likes of Southampton (4-0) and Swansea (1-2) now see them sit 12 points behind champions Leicester City.
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Unfortunately, Sanchez's discontent could leave Arsenal in a very tricky situation. He currently has just two years remaining on his contract and the club have been trying hard to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
But this latest spell of ill feeling could grind contract talks to a halt, meaning Arsenal would have to seriously consider selling this summer to get full value for him. Indeed, some club officials believe they would simply have to sell him if he does not commit to a new contract in coming months.
That would be devastating for fans who are already disappointed with the club's inability to win major trophies. They have seen a number of important stars leave the Emirates in years gone by but, with so much money now in the bank, had rightly hoped those days were over.
Sanchez's situation has not gone unnoticed by some of Europe's biggest clubs. The same report claims Juventus are ready to take advantage of the circumstances by launching a bid to sign him while Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest.
Sanchez originally made his name in Serie A with Udinese and comments from Juve's general manager Giuseppe Marotta suggests they would jump at the chance to bring him back to Italy.
“It’s nice to read that so many players would like Juventus," said Marotta. "As for Sanchez, he’s definitely a good player. Reality tells us that this team is now where it has historically been considered, so it’s normal that most top players would find the thought of coming to us appealing.”
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