The Ligue One club initially withdrew from the race to sign the 28 year old due to the Chilean international’s wage demands, but the French publication reports that Bayern Munich’s own withdrawal from negotiations has prompted a change of heart.
In recent days, Sanchez has raised the prospect of leaving the Emirates by stating his ambition to win the Champions League. For his part, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has emphatically stated today that the forward is not for sale.
The Frenchman believes Sanchez’s interview does not necessarily suggest that the Chilean wants to leave the club, and placed firm emphasis that the Premier League is of far greater importance to the club than the Champions League.
Sanchez still only has one year left on his contract and comparisons have been made to Robin van Persie who who allowed to leave for Manchester United with a similar period remaining on his deal. The difference, according to Wenger, is age.
At 28, Wenger is suggesting the Gunners can get at least one more year out of the player in the prime of his career, and if worst comes to worse, he can leave for nothing next summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract before then. Whether the player would be happy with that, it remains to be seen.