Alexis Sanchez will be allowed to leave Arsenal this summer if a bid in the region of £50 million ($63 million) is lodged, according to reports. Sanchez’s contract at the Emirates Stadium has just over 14 months to run and negotiations with the club over an extension have stalled. According to the London Evening Standard, the board at Arsenal is accepting it may have to sell the 28-year-old forward this summer instead of risking him leaving for free a year later.
Franck Ribery has revealed that he considered leaving Bayern Munich only to reject advances from a number of Europe's elite clubs. The 33-year-old has won 18 major trophies, including six Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, since moving to the Allianz Arena from Marseille in 2007. Bayern claimed to have turned down an offer of €65 million plus Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea just two years after Ribery had joined - a decision chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims was a key point in their redevelopment into a major footballing power.
Netherlands captain Arjen Robben believes he and experienced team mate Wesley Sneijder should be given a role in helping to find a replacement for former national team coach Danny Blind, who was sacked at the weekend. "We have been in the team for the last 14 years and have told the KNVB (Dutch football association) that we want to be part of the process," the Bayern Munich winger told reporters after a 2-1 friendly defeat to Italy in Amsterdam on Tuesday. "We have built up the right experience with coaches over the years and we know what this squad needs and we think we also have a good idea who would fit in with the group." As captain, the 33-year-old said he had a responsibility to keep playing as the Netherlands struggle for form and are in danger of missing out on next year's World Cup.