Arsenal have rejected a £33.84m [$44.61m] offer from Juventus for forward Alexis Sanchez, despite the Serie A club matching the north Londoners' valuation of the player. Director General Giuseppe Marotta says Juve agreed to the Gunners' demands, before the Premier league made a U-turn on the deal.
The Mirror understand that Sanchez's future is uncertain, with the club growing agitated over the Chile' international's delay over signing a new contract worth £160,000-a-week to stay at Emirates Stadium. Juventus and Bayern Munich are understood to both be interested, with the Italian giants having tested the resolve of Arsene Wenger's side.
Marotta says Juve agreed to match Arsenal's asking price for Sanchez, but upon receiving the comeback offer the club insisted Sanchez was not for sale. The Bianconeri have now all but given up hope of luring the Copa America winner to the club after the sudden U-turn.
"Of course we did [make an offer]," Marotta told El Mercurio. "We asked for Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal told us that the Chilean attacker is nontransferable, who was not in the market. Alexis Sanchez is a great player, a great player. But Arsenal does not intend to sell. They said we did not want to know of any offers."
"Arsenal had put a figure of €40m for the Chilean, a sum more than reasonable for us. However, at the time we gave a response to that request, then the English told us not were willing to transfer.
Granit Xhaka and Takuma Asano are the only two signings made by Arsenal during the summer transfer window, though a clutch of players have taken their leave since the end of last season. Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta were all released by the club – with the latter moving to Manchester City in a coaching capacity – while Isaac Hayden has moved to Newcastle United.