Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed his interest in Alexis Sanchez but has warned Arsenal that the German champions will not pay a “crazy” fee to sign the Chile forward.
Manchester City are also keen on Sanchez and are understood to be ready to offer higher wages than Bayern, but Arsenal’s preference is to sell their top scorer to a club overseas if the 28-year-old continues to refuse a new contract and asks for a move.
“If an opportunity comes up, the club will be ready. Alexis is a great player but not the only one in the world. I like Alexis,” said Ancelotti.
“I believe that the market is currently crazy and Bayern is not a crazy club. I know the culture of this club and will not ask for any players for whom the club has to spend crazy sums. But if there are opportunities, why not?”
Sanchez looks increasingly likely to leave Arsenal and said on Friday that he did not know whether he would stay at the Gunners for another season. He added that his future would become clearer after the Confederations Cup.
Arsenal are close to mitigating his possible departure with the signing of Lyon and France striker Alexandre Lacazette.
Lacazette is believed to be ready to move to Emirates Stadium and Lyon have grown increasingly amenable to selling the prolific 26-year-old, who scored 37 goals in 45 games last season.
Arsenal have also bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, so far without success, and remain interested in his team-mate Kylian Mbappe, but face competition from Europe’s biggest clubs for the teen sensation.
Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac has already joined the Gunners on a free transfer from Schalke, while goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, defender Kieran Gibbs and midfielders Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may depart.