Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez made it clear to club officials during crunch talks over his long-term future last Friday that he wants to join Arsenal in a £32m summer switch, not Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United or any club actively monitoring his situation. That is according to Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia, who believe that Sanchez will be allowed to make the move to London once Luis Suarez puts pen to paper on a blockbuster transfer to the Camp Nou later this week.
Sanchez flew back to Barcelona from Chile last week after a very short break in an effort to clarify whether it was time to leave the Catalan giants, with new manager Luis Enrique happy to let him go at the right price despite a superb return of 19 goals and 12 assists in La Liga last season.
The 26-year-old has accepted that his future lies elsewhere and has no shortage of offers across the continent, but despite being approached by both Juve and Liverpool he reportedly wants to work with Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal make their move
Wenger is now in pole position to secure arguably the biggest transfer coup, although Barcelona will argue otherwise as they prepare to spend a whopping €82m on Suarez to put together a South American trio of terror alongside Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool are desperate for Sanchez to be included in the Suarez deal, but Barca are only interested in a straight cash deal and will use the sale of Chile's dynamic star to recoup a large portion of that eye-watering transfer fee.
Juventus are also very serious about Sanchez partnering his Chile team-mate Arturo Vidal in Turin next season, although as long as Arsenal are willing to meet a £32m asking price it looks like Wenger has a marquee signing to match the clever move to make Mesut Ozil a Gunner last summer.
What Sanchez can offer
In clinical, fleeting bursts during two seasons at Barcelona the wing wizard has proven he can perform at the highest level, without ever truly threatening to take attention away from Catalan darling Messi.
Sanchez uses a potent mix of pace and clever movement to do damage consistently in the final third, and from an Arsenal point of view is capable of playing right across the front line.
Wenger was desperately short of proven cover for lone central strike star Olivier Giroud last season in a problem all of his own making, but signing Sanchez would go a long way to removing that problem and putting Arsenal in a strong position to challenge for top honours next season.
Gunners fans must now play a frustrating waiting game to see if Wenger can get this particular deal over the line, but Sanchez has made it very clear to Barca that he is happy with a move to North London and wants a decision made on his future as a matter of urgency.