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Arsene Wenger admits allowing Alexis Sanchez to see out the final year of his contract could cost Arsenal as much as 140 million pounds ($230m).
Sanchez’s desired moved to Manchester City broke down on transfer deadline day after Arsenal failed to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, who had been identified as his successor.
Wenger admits the Gunners will miss out on a fee of up to 70 million pounds should he depart in June – and will have to spend that much again to ensure he is adequately replaced.
“You take a Sanchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice 60-70 million pounds income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“It has a huge price so at some stage you have to make a decision, you have to sacrifice one or two.”