Arsenal to make big Alexis Sanchez push

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The Chilean is thought to have been seeking a significant rise on his current wage of £130,000 a week and, with Arsenal unwilling to meet his demands, he has been pushing for a move away this summer amid interest from Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

However, speaking on The Debate - our new nightly show on Sky Sports Premier League - Merson insists the Gunners could change their stance if it was the Ligue 1 champions that came calling.

Arsenal reportedly offer Alexis Sanchez a new deal worth £300,000 a week.

Then, Ozil would go on and become the third most expensive signing in British football history, behind Fernando Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m in 2011, and Carlos Tevez, who cost Manchester City £45m.

It's little wonder some of Europe's elite might look to poach the Chile worldwide after Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League last season.

Arsene Wenger has conceded Arsenal are not "super optimistic" of star man Alexis Sanchez signing a new contract.

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However, Merson believes Wenger would change his stance if French giants Paris Saint-Germain launched a move.

Arsene Wenger raised eyebrows last week when he said it was an "ideal situation" having players in their final year at the club.

'The problem if he does stay is that he's only staying for six months really. After six months he can sign for another team and if you watched Sanchez towards the end of the season he was getting very frustrated.

"I did already say in the previous press conference that AS Roma have made the biggest offer in their history".

'He's going to be good enough this season to get a contract elsewhere.

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