Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could cash in on Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez by selling them in January if there has not been a breakthrough in contract talks before then.
Sanchez and Ozil have both entered the final year of their contracts and Wenger told his news conference on Thursday morning it is “possible” they could be sold during the winter transfer window.
When asked whether he would contemplate a January sale, Wenger said: “Once you’re in our kind of situation, you envisage every solution, yes. It’s possible.”
Wenger confirmed that the club is nowhere close to a deal with Ozil but remained hopeful that both he and Sanchez will still sign extensions.
“I always said that the fact that we didn’t find an agreement last year doesn’t mean that the player will necessarily leave — because both players look happy here,” he said. “Overall I hope that the situation can be turned around.”
Ozil is back in team training this week after a knee inflammation and is available for Saturday’s Premier League game at Watford, while Sanchez will not be back at the club until Friday after returning late from Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Brazil.
Sanchez will be dealing with both fatigue and the disappointment of missing out on next summer’s tournament in Russia, and Wenger said he will have to gauge the player’s physical and mental state before deciding whether to play him at Watford.
“I will have to speak to him,” Wenger said. “It was a very physical game [against Brazil]. Mentally I will have to assess the situation when he comes back tomorrow.”