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Wenger ponders whether not selling Alexis Sanchez could cost Arsenal £130 million

Gunners manager says transfer fees are 'completely disconnected to reality and the truth'

07 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

GUNNERS manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that keeping Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal for the final year of his contract comes at “a huge price”, estimated to be at least £130million.

Wenger rejected multiple bids from Manchester City for the Chile international on transfer deadline day, the highest of which totalled £60million plus £5million in add-ons.

It means that Sanchez can now leave the club for free next summer when his current deal runs out, with Wenger revealing that he expects to spend in the region of £70million to replace him.

“You take Sanchez into the final year of your contract, you sacrifice £60million to £70million income and then, at the end of the season, you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “So it has a huge price. So at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two players.”

Wenger believes the sums of money being splashed on players now is “completely disconnected to reality and the truth”, citing Ousmane Dembele’s transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Barcelona for £135million as a key example – with the France international costing the German side just £13million 12 months ago.

“We have today 107 players in England who go into the final year of their contract,” he said. “It’s a complete rotation and change in the way people see their careers… for two reasons. One, all the players expect higher wages because they anticipate inflation. And two because the transfer market has gone up so much but clubs do not want to pay such high prices for players who are good players but will not change their life. The amount of money is completely disconnected to reality and the truth.”

He added: “I give you one example: Dembele last year was €15million, this year €150million. “No matter how well you work on the football pitch you cannot make a player go from €15million to €150million. But the calculation between investment and what you can get back has gone. Now it’s just can you afford to buy or not?”

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