Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has urged Alexis Sanchez to reject interest from Manchester City and remain at the Emirates Stadium.
Goal understands City are confident of completing a deal for the Chile international despite the Gunners being reluctant to sell to one of their Premier League rivals.
Alexis is currently on holiday following his participation in the Confederations Cup, and manager Arsene Wenger has refuted claims the forward has asked to leave north London.
Despite that, both he and Ozil are yet to sign new contracts despite their current deals being up at the end of next season.
And former Real Madrid star Ozil believes the team’s chances of winning the Premier League title would be hit severly if one of their main talismen left.
“I hope Alexis stays but I don’t know what the status is to be perfectly honest,” he told Sky. “But I value him a lot as a player and he’s very well-suited to the game Arsenal play.
“From a personal view I would really appreciate it if he stays. However, it’s the player’s decision after all and there’s not much more I can comment on that.
“It would hit the team quite hard if he left because he’s a player who always delivers. It would be a setback to winning the title but in the end, it’s the player’s decision.”
Arsenal are currently in Australia for pre-season and face Sydney FC on Thursday in the first match of their tour.