Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has today confirmed that he has fielded multiple offers from clubs who are interested in signing Alexis Sanchez, as Arsenal and Liverpool both prepare to battle it out for the South American hotshot's signature now his World Cup campaign is over.
Sanchez failed to convert from the penalty spot during Chile's heartbreaking shootout defeat to Brazil on Saturday night, but the 25-year-old still showed flashes of genuine quality during the tournament to kick rumours of a €40m Premier League switch into overdrive.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had been hoping to hear as little as possible from Barca sources as the Catalan giants consider stepping up their pursuit of controversial strike star Luis Suarez, but in actual fact a new admission from Zubizaretta may well prove to be good news for the Reds after all.
The Race Is on
Sanchez is definitely a hot property and after scoring 19 goals in La Liga last season that is no surprise, but Barca have prioritised keeping wing wizard Pedro and are seemingly ready to sanction a deal for their in-demand forward this summer.
Zubizaretta has definitely added fuel to this particular transfer fire this afternoon, revealing to the Mirror: "Regarding the future of Alexis Sanchez, there have been offers for the player.
"But I do not know how it will all end - we are looking for a solution which will be best for everyone.
"Pedro, however, is not transferable. I count on Pedro for the future."
North London or Merseyside?
It now looks to be a straight fight between Arsenal and Liverpool to complete arguably the biggest transfer coup of the summer, given the impressive scoring record and general all-round performance Sanchez has displayed over the last six months for club and country.
For Liverpool a move for the versatile forward would go a long way to ending their reliance on the fantastic but flawed Suarez, even more so if the Reds manage to include last season's 31-goal star in a part-exchange deal.
Arsenal meanwhile are bidding to end their heavy reliance on lone strike star Olivier Giroud, something Sanchez can certainly provide in terms of goal return and dynamism in the final third.