Arsene Wenger will meet with Alexis Sanchez's agent this week in a bid to convince him that Arsenal is the place to be next season, reports Goal.
Goal believes that Arsenal have launched a structured deal worth £32 million for the Chilean forward; a bid they believe Barcelona will accept in the near future. It meets Barcelona's valuation for the player and Emirates officials believe the payments will be instantly agreeable.
In preparation for the acceptance of the bid, Arsenal boss Wenger has already scheduled a meeting with Sanchez's representative. Wenger knows Sanchez will have a number of offers on the table, but he will use the power of persuasion to make sure he rejects other suitors.
Wenger will launch the charm offensive this week, meeting Sanchez's agent in between his World Cup punditry work in Brazil. It is an urgent situation and Wenger has taken time out of his holiday to make sure the deal is done by the end of the week.
Luis Suarez swap deal
The reason for the urgency comes down to the fact that Barcelona officials are reportedly in Liverpool negotiating a deal for Luis Suarez. Liverpool are believed to want £80 million for their star striker, but would settle for less if Sanchez is included in the deal.
Barcelona don't want to give away Sanchez for a reduced fee, and would rather seek his full valuation in a separate deal. Arsenal's offer is likely to be accepted but Sanchez will be equally attracted by a move to Liverpool.
The Reds have Champions League football next season as well as a bright future under Brendan Rodgers. There are reports suggesting the player prefers a move to London, but Wenger still needs to convince the 25-year-old that the Emirates is better than Anfield.
Although Sanchez has played predominantly from a wide position throughout his career, Goal believe Wenger wants to turn the Chile international into an out-and-out centre forward in the Premier League. With pace, strength and finishing technique, there is a belief he could succeed in the physical English game.
Sanchez scored 16 goals for Barcelona in the league last season and obviously convinced Wenger enough that he can become a top striker. Signing Sanchez would cross off a major priority for Wenger this summer, who needed serious competition for Olivier Giroud next season.
Wenger's charming track record
Whether or not Wenger's charm offensive succeeds or not is a different matter but he has an excellent track record when it comes to signing players. Wenger was known to be a key figure in convincing Mesut Ozil to join Arsenal last summer and also convinced Aaron Ramsey to reject Manchester United when he left Cardiff in a £5 million deal.
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