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.