Arsene Wenger says Paris Saint-Germain are trying to buy Neymar from Barcelona as they cannot sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.
PSG are reportedly willing to meet Neymar’s €222million release clause to sign the Brazilian superstar, although Gerard Pique went on social media on Sunday to say his team-mate was staying.
With Sanchez entering the last season of his contract and seemingly unwilling to sign a renewal at the Emirates Stadium, PSG have been among his mooted suitors.
But a defiant Wenger continues to insist Arsenal will hold onto the Chile international – who was reportedly seen in Paris this week – and risk losing him for nothing when his deal expires in a year’s time.
“No, I don’t think he was in Paris. No,” Wenger said. “Paris Saint-Germain cannot get Sanchez so they go for Neymar.
“I read L’Equipe in the last three or four days. It has moved from Sanchez to Neymar. Today they speak about Neymar, three days ago they speak about Alexis. They need as well, like you [reporters], subjects.
“My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I’ve made it clear a few times that he is not for sale and this is my stance.”