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Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have dropped their interest in signing Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez (pictured) for next season. After head coach Carlo Ancelotti last week had his wish granted to sign Colombia’s James Rodriguez on loan from Real Madrid, Bayern have called off their bid to poach Chile’s hot-shot Sanchez from Arsenal.
“We are no longer involved. We have agreed with our coach that we won’t add (new players) in attack. It wouldn’t make any sense,” Bayern’s chairman Rummenigge told German magazine Kicker.
Bayern had reportedly been vying with Manchester City to sign Sanchez, 28, Chile’s all-time top scorer, who has a year left on his Arsenal contract, but is stalling over extension negotiations with the Gunners.
Reports in Britain have said he could be off-loaded for up to £80 million (US$103m, 90m euros), but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested last week this won’t happen. Sanchez, who at times last season cut a disgruntled figure as Arsenal struggled with form, is not on the team’s pre-season tour to Australia and China as he rests after last month’s Confederation’s Cup when Chile lost to Germany in the final.
Bayern will start their pre-season tour of China and Singapore on Wednesday when they play Arsenal in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger remains confident that Sanchez will stay at Arsenal for the forthcoming season – despite the player’s comments that he wants to play in the Champions League. Sanchez has a year remaining on his contract and is wanted by Manchester City.
His manager has repeatedly spoken of his desire to keep the playmaker at the Emirates. However, during a radio interview in his native Chile, Sanchez declared that he wanted to play in the Champions League – a competition the Gunners failed to qualify for with last season’s fifth-placed finish.
The player’s comments are the clearest suggestion yet that he will leave Arsenal. But Wenger is still of the opinion that Sanchez will stay at the club and is not ruling out the possibility of him signing an extension should things go according to plan this season.
The view at Arsenal is that the player enjoys living in London and can be persuaded to stay. They are determined not to sell Sanchez to a Premier League rival. Sanchez said: ‘The decision isn’t only mine, but I have already made a decision.
Now I’m waiting for Arsenal to reply and tell me what they want.’ Asked to clarify what he wanted, Sanchez added: ‘Playing in the Champions League and to win it. It’s a dream I have had since I was a kid.
‘For now I’m at Arsenal, my contract ends next year.’ Last week, speaking from the Gunners pre-season tour in Australia, Wenger revealed that he had been in text contact with Sanchez throughout the summer. The club are willing to pay the player £275,000-a-week but remain some distance away from the £400,000 he is seeking. -AFP