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Alexis Sanchez ’10 per cent likely to stay’

Alexis Sanchez’ transfer saga rumbles on. The Chilean has just 11 months left on his current contract and is reportedly ready to leave the club. Arsenal are insistent on not selling, with Wenger saying he will allow the player to leave for nothing rather than sell this summer.

Various clubs are reportedly interested in the forward, Manchester City are said to be the favourites, whilst Paris Saint-Germain have also revealed an interest.

Former Chelsea striker Pat Nevin has spoken about the transfer on BBC 5Live. He doubts that Arsenal will get their wish to keep the forward this summer, saying the chances are only about ’10 per cent’.

“There are three positions (for Arsenal),” Nevin said on 5Live.

“There’s sell now. There’s keep him to the end of his contract. And there’s keep and re-sign (his contract).”

“I’m trying to think what the percentages of these positions are at the moment.”

“Sell: probably 50 per cent. Keep and run down his contract: 40 per cent. Keep him and re-sign him: 10 per cent, maximum.”

“If he runs down his contract what he will get elsewhere will be absolutely phenomenal.”

There is always a risk of losing Sanchez on a free transfer next summer if the Chile international doesn’t pen a new deal and Wenger does not sell this summer. However, Nevin argues that the threat of losing a player with a high transfer value for nothing is not what it once was due to inflation in football.

“You look at what’s happened at football in the past and in the very recent past,” Nevin added.

“What you don’t have is people running down contracts. But I’ve been thinking today ‘so what if you’re a £50m player and run down your contract’.”

“It’s not the worst thing in the world.”

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