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Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed Arsene Wenger to keep Alexis Sanchez – in part because the boss won’t be able to find a replacement at the same price this summer.
“There are big decisions that have to be made with Alexis,” Parlour said on talkSPORT.
“They have to look at his character. He loves football.
“I would keep him because you have to replace him and you can’t.
“They have Lacazette as well, playing with Ozil. If you want to keep in the top four you need to keep your top players.
“How much to replace him in this current market? Sam Clucas from Hull, £20m? Is he in Sanchez’s class? How much would it cost to replace someone like Sanchez. Coutinho standard? So £80m or £90m.”
In my own opinion, Palour is absolutely right.
In today’s transfer market, it will be extremely difficult to find a suitable replacement for Alexis. And so it’s best to allow him run down his contract at Arsenal and leave for free next summer with the possibility of convincing him to commit his future to the club also on the cards along the way.
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