Arsenal eye Celtic striker as Alexis Sanchez replacement

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on signing Celtic forward Moussa Dembele with Alexis Sanchez looking likely to leave the Emirates this summer.

Sanchez, 28, has less than a year left on his Gunners deal, and the club may have to sell him this summer or else lose him on a free while sacrificing fees worth £50m on offer.

According to The Star, Wenger is reluctant to take such a financial loss from Sanchez’s services, and he will be more inclined to sell him, should he continue his contract standoff.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are all in the hunt for the former Barcelona man, but the FA Cup holders could entertain bids only from clubs overseas as Wenger does not want to strengthen a direct rival.

With Sanchez’s future still uncertain, the long-standing head coach has already lined up a youthful replacement with Moussa Dembele, the latest striker tipped to make a move to north London.

Dembele bagged 32 goals during his maiden campaign in the Scottish Premiership last term and Celtic could be tempted to cash in on his services, should a £30m plus offer be placed on the table.

The France Under-21 striker was initially on the radar of both Arsenal and rivals Tottenham Hotspur last summer, but the pair were reluctant to offer him assurances of first-team football due to doubts over his ability.