Arsenal's resolve to hold on to Alexis Sanchez has received a significant boost with Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain dropping their interest in Chilean following the world record signing of Neymar, according to The Telegraph.
PSG had been close to making a move, and were confident of succeeding, for Sanchez before they agreed the extraordinary £198m deal to sign Neymar from Barcelona.
The French giants had hoped to sign either Neymar, Sanchez or Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe during this window and are delighted to have secured the Brazilian international who was their first-choice.
Sanchez is still wanted by Manchester City but there is a growing sense that despite having just one year left on his contract Arsenal are prepared to allow him to see out the remainder of his deal and leave for free next summer.
Although manager Arsene Wenger has insisted in the past that players would not be sold, before eventually agreeing a deal, there is a feeling that this time he is determined to maintain that stance - not least because of the number of times he has said it publically.
Bayern Munich, who also held talks with Sanchez’s representatives, have already backed off because of his wage demands with senior sources at PSG yesterday strongly dismissing reports from the striker’s native Chile on Tuesday that they are prepared to bid more than £80million for the 28-year-old.