He has been holidaying since the conclusion of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia after leading Chile to finish second, losing the final 1-0 to Germany.

His club Arsenal, on the other hand have been playing some friendly games as part of their preseason tour of Asia, and in-between, there have been transfer speculations involving the striker.

Amid persistent reports that Alexis Sanchez wants to leave Arsenal, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says the forward will return to training on Sunday.

The former Barcelona star's absence at the preseason couldn't quell speculation he could be on the way out of the Emirates Stadium.

Sanchez's current deal runs out at the end of the forthcoming season and with Arsenal so far unable to meet his reported demand for wages of 300,000-per-week ($393,000, 336,000 euros), he has been linked with Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Despite Sanchez's apparent desire to leave, Wenger, who reportedly clashed with the striker after dropping him for a match at Liverpool last season, has remained steadfast in his belief that the 28-year-old would stay.

Sanchez won't feature in this weekend's Emirates Cup friendly tournament at Arsenal's stadium, but the 50 million-rated ($65 million, 56 million euro) star will link up with his team-mates at their London Colney training base.

"Alexis and Mustafi, their first training session will be on Sunday, the day we play against Sevilla (in the Emirates Cup). They are practicing on the day," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

Wenger will keep close tabs on Sanchez and Mustafi's fitness before deciding whether to include them in the FA Cup holders' starting line-up when they face Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 6.

Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium on August 11.

"First of all you make a really good check up of where they are, how much they have worked during their break," Wenger said.

"After, once you know where you stand, they need an adjusted programme and to see how quickly you can fit them in again.

"Of course it depends as well on what is the need in the squad, what is their quality. All of these things together make your decision".

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