Arsenal transfer information: Dick Legislation reveals all on Alexis Sanchez contract U-turn and failed Thomas Lemar bid

Arsenal transfer information: Dick Legislation reveals all on Alexis Sanchez contract U-turn and failed Thomas Lemar bid

In an unique interview with Purpose, Dick Legislation discusses the Chilean’s renewal saga and the pursuit of a World Cup winner

Alexis Sanchez agreed to a new Arsenal deal and the contract was with the attorneys – just for the Chile worldwide to stage a final minute U-turn.

The way forward for Sanchez dominated the headlines throughout the ultimate 18 months of his Arsenal keep, with the Gunners desperately attempting to maintain maintain of the ahead that they had signed from Barcelona in 2014.

However finally he left with simply six months of his contract remaining, becoming a member of Manchester United in January 2018 in a swap deal that noticed Henrikh Mkhitaryan transfer in the other way.

Sanchez scored 80 objectives in 166 appearances for Arsenal throughout his keep on the membership – profitable two FA Cups alongside the best way in 2015 and 2017.

His departure was seen as an enormous blow on the time, though he has gone on to battle massively at Outdated Trafford – discovering the online simply 5 occasions prior to now 18 months.

Previous to his exit, Arsenal did all they may to persuade him to remain and thought that they had carried out simply that in December 2016.

“We had a deal,” revealed former transfer and contract negotiator Dick Legislation, throughout an unique interview with Purpose – his first ever with UK media.

“It was in December and we had been speaking to his agent [Fernando Felicevich] all through all of 2016, the entire yr. We bought to December, I flew to Santiago and we did the deal.

“The participant agreed to it on a telephone name from Fernando’s workplace. Fernando and I shook fingers and mentioned how tough the negotiation had been and we had the deal carried out. 

“The contract team drafted the brand new contract and despatched it over to the attorneys representing Sanchez and in that house of time, whereas the paperwork had been being proofed, he modified his thoughts for no matter motive.

“We don’t know who bought to the participant, or why he modified his thoughts. However the backside line was, he did.”

Following Sanchez’s change of coronary heart, Arsenal had been broadly anticipated to money in on the ahead throughout the summer season of 2017 after the FA Cup ultimate success towards Chelsea.

He nonetheless had a yr remaining on his deal and Manchester Metropolis had been constantly linked with a £45 million ($56m) transfer for the ahead.

Arsenal, nevertheless, didn’t need to promote to a Premier League top-four rival – one thing Ivan Gazidis informed Ferran Soriano when the Manchester Metropolis CEO known as early on in the summertime and first floated the concept of a possible transfer.

However the Gunners had been conscious {that a} bid might are available in and so had been in discussions with Monaco and Thomas Lemar concerning the French winger doubtlessly transferring to the Emirates to assist fill the void left by Sanchez, ought to he finally transfer on.

A proper supply didn’t arrive till deadline day itself, nevertheless, and ultimately, the three golf equipment ran out of time to finalise the strikes – with Arsenal unable to usher in Lemar from Monaco as a direct substitute.

“There have been no formal gives for Sanchez till the top of the window when the Manchester Metropolis one got here in,” defined Legislation.

“So you then run into a fairly easy calculation. It was the top of the window, actually the final day, and we needed to be in a aggressive place for the Champions League the subsequent season.

“Have been we extra more likely to compete for a Champions League place with Sanchez or with out him? The choice was, we might be extra aggressive with him.”

Legislation added: “We did attempt to get Thomas Lemar that day, but it surely didn’t get carried out.

“We thought we had Lemar after which that will have meant Sanchez to Manchester Metropolis. It was a easy operation of utilizing the Sanchez cash to pay for Lemar.

“We had a deal carried out for Lemar, Sanchez had a deal carried out with Metropolis. However Lemar had been known as up for France and Monaco had performed the factor out they usually ended up enjoying it out too lengthy.

“They didn’t ship a transparent sign to the participant earlier than he left for the nationwide team and once they did ship that sign, Lemar was already there with the French nationwide team on the day of their worldwide match and the deal fell aside.

“It was a disgrace as a result of it might have been fascinating to see Lemar at Arsenal, however you must transfer on from these choices and circumstances. You may’t sit and dwell on what might need been.”

Sanchez finally moved six months later, rejecting the prospect to affix Metropolis throughout the January window in favour of a transfer to Manchester United – who handed the Chilean a record-breaking contract believed to be price round £500,000 per week.

It was a transfer that was celebrated on the time by these at Outdated Trafford, who noticed it as a serious coup, however Sanchez has been unable to repeat the kind of kind at United that he confirmed so constantly on the Emirates.

“I don’t assume Manchester United have gotten what they paid for with Sanchez,” admitted Legislation.

“United drive a tough cut price for gamers, they don’t normally go loopy with wages – however for some motive they went loopy on Sanchez.

“We by no means understood the transaction and I believe Sanchez was simply pushing to get out the door, however looking back I believe he miscalculated.

“Is he a richer man at this time than if he stored his phrase on our supply in December, 2016? Sure, he has earned just a few extra tens of millions. However I don’t know that he’s extra glad and I don’t know the place he goes from right here.”

Sanchez’s exit and the best way it performed out ensured that the Chile worldwide isn’t considered notably favourably with the Arsenal devoted, regardless of what he achieved throughout his spell in north London.

However what can’t be questioned is the influence he made whereas he was on the Emirates following his transfer from Camp Nou in 2014.

He arrived at a price of £35m ($44m), with Arsenal seeing off curiosity from Juventus and Liverpool to land the frontman only a yr after signing Mesut Ozil from Actual Madrid.

“It began with [former chief scout] Steve Rowley on the Toulon match,” defined Legislation.

“Sebastian Rozental, who works for the company Twenty Two which is owned by Sanchez’s agent Fernando Felicevich in Chile, walked over and stated to Steve: ‘Sanchez goes to depart Barcelona’.

“All of us being pure sceptics, we thought there was no likelihood when Steve known as us. So we went again to the brokers they usually stated it was true and that Barcelona had even given them a value.

“So I flew out instantly to Santiago to simply get a way from Fernando about how severe this was. If we had been simply going to be a stalking horse for Juventus or Liverpool who knew that they had been dropping [Luis] Suarez, then we didn’t need to play that sport.”

Legislation added: “Off the again of that assembly I made the judgement that there was half an opportunity, however the nearer on the deal was Arsene [Wenger] – he gained that one for us.

“Arsene met with Fernando in Rio on the World Cup two or thrice over the subsequent 10 days speaking about his philosophy, about the place Sanchez might play, that kind of factor. Off the again of these conversations, Sanchez actually took a liking to the notion of coming to London.

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“Liverpool had been throwing a tonne of cash at him, however my understanding was that there was no actual private contact. My conclusion was that Sanchez felt like a makeweight within the Liverpool – Barcelona transfer negotiations for Suarez.  

“It was extra of a cash deal than anything and I believe whenever you cope with South Individuals, you must throw a human aspect in there.”

Learn extra from our sequence of interviews with Dick Legislation ⬇

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