Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he does not have plans to sell Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez when the current season ends.
The French manager insisted that the sensational player will remain at the Emirates next season, even if it means losing him as a free agent in 2018.
The 28-year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the club despite having just one more year on his deal.
Other Premier League rivals including Chelsea, Manchester City and United, plus European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are all battling to land the player.
If they sell him this season, the Gunners will make not less than £40million for a player they paid Barcelona £33m for in 2014.
But Wenger insisted that his side will not let any other club take their man.
“We do not sell Alexis to any Premier League club, that is for sure.
“Why would we? Our aim is to be as strong as we can, not strengthen other teams,” he started, adding that even if the player fails to sign a new deal, he will remain at the Emirates.
“Yes but we are not in that situation at the moment. In your job you are always painting the most dreadful situation but I am confident he will sign a new contract this summer.
The manager also stated that the player is happy with the club and an agreement will be perfected soon.
“First of all, he is happy here and his desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe.
“The disagreements are purely contractual but both parties have the desire to find an agreement. So I think it will happen.”
NAIJ.com reports that the player is however demanding a staggering £300,000-a-week; a sum that would wreck the club’s pay structure.