Alexis Sanchez says he has told Arsenal he wants to leave to pursue his ‘dream’ of playing in the Champions League, according to Sportsmail.
Sanchez, who has just a year left on his contract, claims he is waiting for a response from his club after informing them of his desire – and will run down his current deal if he is not sold.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in over 20 years last season – but manager Arsene Wenger had been keen to keep hold of Sanchez.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have all shown interest.
Speaking in his native Chile, Sanchez said: ‘I want to play in the Champions League. The decision isn’t down to me, I need to wait for Arsenal.
‘I’ve made my decision, now I wait for Arsenal’s reply. The idea is to play and win the Champions League. I’ve dreamt about it since I was little.
‘For now I am at Arsenal and I finish my contract in one more year.’
As recently as Friday night, manager Wenger had revealed he was texting Sanchez through the summer to convince him to stay on at Arsenal.
‘Of course,’ Wenger said when asked if Sanchez would remain an Arsenal player. ‘There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.’
Earlier this week, the Frenchman denied that his star man had asked to leave Arsenal.
The Gunners’ latest contract offer is short of the £300,000 per week value that Sanchez has been seeking, although it does include a 20 per cent increase triggered if Arsenal qualify for the Champions League in the new season.