Arsenal have launched a €25 million offer for Barcelona and Chile star Alexis Sanchez, according to Metro.
Citing reports in Spain, the English newspaper says that Sanchez has emerged as one of Arsene Wenger's top transfer targets following his impressive showing at the World Cup. Despite his form, Barcelona are still ready to cash in on him and Arsenal are hoping to take advantage.
Barcelona chief Andoni Zubizarreta confirmed on Tuesday that the club had received several offers for the 25-year-old and that the club were looking for to find a solution to suit all parties in the near future.
"Regarding the future of Alexis Sanchez, there have been offers for the player," said Zubizarreta to reporters.
"I do not know how it will all end – we are looking for a solution which will be best for everyone."
One problem for Arsenal in their pursuit of the Chilean winger is the fact that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign the player. Conveniently for the Anfield boss, Barcelona are reportedly flying to Merseyside today to discuss a deal for Luis Suarez.
Any potential deal that takes the biting Uruguayan to Catalonia could see Sanchez moving the other way, but Wenger has moved quickly to give Arsenal the best chance. Barcelona are likely to ask for a big discount on Suarez's fee if Sanchez is included in the deal, potentially putting Liverpool, who have already added a winger in the form of Adam Lallana.
Manchester United interest
Less concerning for Wenger is interest from Louis van Gaal, who is reportedly keen to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford following the ankle ligament damage incurred by top target Marco Reus. Manchester United have given Van Gaal a huge transfer budget and told him to reinvigorate the squad with a number of high quality additions.
However, without the lure of European football it is hard to see Sanchez rejecting the chance to join either Liverpool or Arsenal over the Red Devils. The Gunners and Liverpool can both offer Champions League football as well as big wages.
Barcelona have been encouraged by Sanchez's excellent World Cup displays and are reported to want around €40 million for him as a result. Their asking price has already put Juventus off from making a transfer offer.
It means that Arsenal's €25 million offer is likely to be knocked back by Nou Camp officials and it remains to be seen whether or not Wenger is willing to dip further into his £100 million war chest to seal his signature.
Sanchez oks move
The original reports has come from respected Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli, who can be credited with breaking the story that Arsenal had entered talks with Real Sociedad over a deal for Carlos Vela. Arsenal are reported to have received around £12 million for selling the right to buy the Mexican back for a cut price.
Anyway, The Spanish newspaper claims that Sanchez has told Arsenal that he would be interested in sitting down with Emirates officials to discuss a potential move. The player is interested in a move to London and has encouraged them to make a bid.