Dubai: With Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saying there is nothing “concrete” on Alexis Sanchez’s future despite reported interest from both Manchester clubs and Liverpool, the jury is still out as to where the Chilean might be plying his trade next summer – or sooner.
Yes, he could stay at the Emirates and then leave for free in the summer but, with United and City toying with a 20-25 million-pound bid, it may be wise for the Gunners to let him go in the winter transfer window.
Liverpool, too, need a replacement for Philippe Coutinho now that Barca have finally netted the Brazilian.
Hey, even Chelsea could do with a playmaker if Eden Hazard departs, as has been rumoured.
However, Wenger is adamant he will not sell until he has a replacement for Sanchez.
And that is the best bit of news Gunners fans could hope to hear right now.
To let him go without a ready-made recruit to fill his shoes, the can all but wave goodbye to Champions League football for the second season in a row.
Young Bordeaux forward Malcom has been linked with a move to the Emirates, but is such a green and unproven player really the man to fill the void?
And with Theo Walcott poised to leave for Everton this month, established names are needed through the Arsenal entrance sharpish before more go out the exit door.