Arsenal News: Sanchez, Grimaldo

Sanchez Wants Arsenal Release Clause

Alexis Sanchez Arsenal transfer news and rumours
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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is looking for a release clause in any new deal with the Gunners. Sanchez, 27, is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of next season and talks were reported yesterday to be set to resume in the coming weeks.

There have been claims that Sanchez is demanding a £35,000-a-week pay rise before he agrees to sign a new deal with the Gunners. However, the Daily Mirror claims the Chile international also wants a release clause inserting in to any deal. There is no indication as to what the size of any such clause may be – nor if Arsenal would be willing to do such a deal.

Release clauses aren’t a feature of Arsenal player contracts and it is difficult to see the Gunners agreeing on this occasion. But there was a little friction last season between Sanchez and Wenger over the number of occasions he was substituted by the Arsenal boss. Sanchez was named on the bench for Saturday’s Premier League game with Southampton. However, that was after he arrived back from international duty with Chile on Thursday and the selection was also made with Tuesday’s Champions League match with Paris Saint-Germain in mind.

Grimaldo On Arsenal Watch List

Arsenal had scouts at Benfica’s Champions League game with Besiktas on Tuesday. The Gunners were one of eleven Premier League clubs and a total of 31 European sides to have representatives at Tuesday’s game.

Speculation has begun about which players were being watched. Benfica midfielder Goncalo Guedes, defender Victor Lindelof and winger Eduardo Silva are all being linked.

However, Arsenal were linked last season with left-back Alex Grimaldo when he was with Barcelona. He instead moved to Benfica in the January transfer window after failing to gain many chances in Barca’s first team.

Arsenal are believed to still be keeping tabs on him as he adjusts to life at a higher level of football than the third tier of Spanish football where he played with Barca’s B team.