Bayern Munich’s interest in Alexis Sanchez has cooled leaving Alexis Sanchez’s stay at Arsenal even more likely.
The Chile forward has one year remaining on his Gunners contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal at The Emirates.
Bayern were believed to be the most likely destination for the 28-year-old and coach Carlo Ancelotti yesterday admitted he “liked” the striker, but the Bundesliga president Uli Hoeness has not been as positive over a prospective move for Sanchez.
Hoeness says Bayern are not in a position to pay the wage demands of Sanchez, who is believed to be chasing around £300,000 a week, and says the “link” is “not very strong”.
Asked about his Bayern’s interest in Sanchez, Hoeness said: “I’m not involved in operational business. [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hasn’t approached me, therefore the link with him doesn’t seem to be very strong.”
He was also asked about the rising salaries of the top stars: “The salaries being talked about up front of over €20 million [a year] are definitely an amount that isn’t feasible for FC Bayern.”
Juventus and PSG were linked with Sanchez earlier in the summer, but those trails have gone cold, while Manchester City are also understood to be interested in Sanchez, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he will not sell his star man to a Premier League rival.
In May Sanchez claimed hgis future was in the hands of the club and a decision would be made at the end of the season, but so far nothing concrete has happened.
“I cannot tell you now (about my future),” Sanchez said. “We have to wait until the end of the season. As I always say, it doesn’t depend on me. It depends on the club. What they like, what they don’t like.”
Sanchez has been involved in the Confederations Cups in Russia, where he helped Chile reach the final. He is expected to have some time off but The Sun claim Wenger wants “crisis talks” with the player before Arsenal leave on Sunday for their pre-season tour of Australia and China.