Club keen to agree £50m surprise transfer deal with Chelsea – pundit

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Arsenal legend Paul Merson claims the Gunners will have no problem selling Alexis Sanchez to Chelsea this summer

The Guardian previously reported that the Blues are going to prioritize signing the Chilean international, who has been massive for the Gunners since his move from La Liga giants Barcelona.

He has had a hand in 40 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season and is reportedly demanding a huge pay-rise to around £250,000-a-week and has cut an increasingly frustrated figure at Arsenal in recent weeks.

And now Sky Sports pundit Merson believed that Sanchez’s next destination will be Chelsea if a £50 million offer from Roman Abramovich’s side is made.

“I think Sanchez will leave this summer,” Merson said to Sporting Life (via Standard).

“I don’t think Arsenal will finish in the top four and if they don’t finish in the top four then I don’t see him staying.

“I know the way Arsenal work so there is no way they will let Sanchez leave for nothing if they can get £50m for him in the summer.

“They will have no qualms in selling him to Chelsea. Arsenal will have no choice – if Chelsea are the team that are prepared to pay £50m then Arsenal won’t let him see his contract out.

“People say, ‘Oh well, they won’t sell to Chelsea’, but they sold Robin van Persie to Manchester United so they won’t be fussed about that.

“I definitely think Sanchez could be a Chelsea player next season. He is a world-class footballer so he would fit in at Chelsea.”

Chelsea and are expected to slash a cash in next transfer window, as the Premier League leaders prepare to regain the dominance in European football and signing the prolific 28-year-old attacker could be an ideal addition for Antonio Conte’s side.