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Alexis Sanchez has signalled his desire to leave Arsenal in order to play in the Champions League next season, according to reports.
The Chilean forward has just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, but has expressed his desire to win Europe’s top club competition, which would not be possible with Arsenal until May 2019.
Arsene Wenger’s team finished fifth in the Premier League last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League, leaving Sanchez’s future uncertain. The former Barcelona forward has been linked with moves to Premier League rivals as well as abroad, but he says the future is not just up to him.
In 2011, Sanchez was signed by Barcelona from Udinese by then-manager Pep Guardiola in a deal believed to be worth £23 million (about $30 million). The two men spent just one season together at the Camp Nou, winning the Copa del Rey before Guardiola left for a sabbatical. Now, they have an opportunity to be reunited in England. Guardiola’s City is said to be keen on signing Sanchez but meets resistance from Arsenal, which wants to avoid strengthening a Premier League rival.
The problem at the Etihad Stadium, however, is a lack of space. Guardiola’s attack is packed already, including Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfried Bony, Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Leroy Sane.