Lothar Matthaus has urged Bayern Munich to try and lure Alexis Sanchez to Germany as the Arsenal superstar's future continues to be speculated about.
The Bayern legend told AZ (via FourFourTwo) that the striker would be a excellent replacement for current top scorer Robert Lewandowski if the Poland international was ever unavailable for selection, as well as stating that Sanchez's versatility would be a terrific asset for the German giants to have.
Sanchez, who is contracted to Arsenal until June 2018, has dug his heels in over penning a new deal at the Emirates, and Matthaus believes Bayern should make the most of his situation and attempt to bring him to the reigning Bundesliga champions.
He said: "Sanchez is a great player, he would be a good signing for Bayern. His biggest pro is that he can play in a central role up front and on the wings.
"He would not only be an alternative to Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, but could also replace Robert Lewandowski as Bayern's number nine whenever he is unavailable."
Arsenal appear to be losing hope that Sanchez will commit his future to the North Londoners despite manager Arsene Wenger's insistence that the ex-Barcelona star will remain with his current employers.
To Be Together ⚪️ Gunners @ Wembley Stadium https://t.co/xY7ZVRG1fg— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) April 24, 2017
Sanchez is reportedly holding out for an astronomical £300k-a-week wage to stay, but the Gunners are defiant in their reluctance to hand the 27-year-old a salary package that would break the club's wage structure by almost £150k-a-week.
Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea, as well as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, are weighing up whether to make offers for Sanchez once the current campaign draws to a close, and the trio would certainly be willing to offer the forward an increase in his current wages to try and prise him away from the Gunners.
Sanchez underlined his importance to the Arsenal cause by netting the winning goal in his side's 2-1 FA Cup semi final extra-time triumph over City on Sunday, and his 25 goals already this term would prove to be difficult to replace if he ends up leaving for pastures new.
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