Arsenal transfer news: Alexis Sanchez about to leave for £35m!

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The future of Alexis Sanchez is once again a hot topic with the Chilean’s prospects of staying at Arsenal under intense scrutiny.

The Sun has the South American striker eyeing up a “shock move” to La Liga side Sevilla because it will mean a reunion with former Chile gaffer Jorge Sampaoli.

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The 56-year-old Argentine managed Chile boss for four years at international level before joining Sevilla last year and apparently he and Sanchez get on like a house on fire. That’s just as well for the Spanish outfit because they can’t afford the Chilean’s £300k-a-week demands so will be relying on Sanchez’s friendship with Sampaoli to clinch the deal.

But over at Talksport there’s a claim that the Arsenal frontman is more inclined to throw in his lot with Juventus next season. What’s more, say the broadcaster, the Italian champions “are ready to sell two of their international stars” in order to fund the move.

Which two? The unwanted pair are allegedly Simone Zaza, “the West Ham flop currently on loan at Valencia”, as well as young French star Kingsley Coman. They are expected to raise £35m and Juventus will offer the entire sum to Arsenal in exchange for the 28-year-old forward. The Gunners would ideally like more but with Sanchez out of contract in June 2018 they will probably accept the fee rather than watch the South American’s value drop further as he edges closer to the end of his contract.

And it seems that Sanchez will not be the only Gunner going out of the exit at the end of the season although in the cases of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs they’ll have little choice in the matter. The Daily Express says that the club “is planning an overhaul of the squad at the end of the season” and the underperforming English trio will all be moved on after years of frustrating injury and mediocrity.

Arsenal transfer news: Juventus will not sell Gunners target

1 March

Arsenal have failed in their bid to lure Juventus defender Daniele Rugani to the Emirates, reports the Daily Mirror, with the paper claiming that the Italian champions have told the Gunners the 22-year-old is not for the sale.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is “extremely keen” on Rugani but Juventus are not prepared to sell at any price. The Mirror says Wenger “would be willing to pay up to £30m” to sign the Italy international but the centre-back will be staying in Turin.

Juventus regard Rugani as “an important part of their future” and will resist any Arsenal attempt to prise him from the club.

Could the Gunners have more luck in Napoli? According to The Sun, scouts were in Italy at the weekend to have another look at Lorenzo Insigne and Faouzi Ghoulam.

Attacking midfielder Insigne “has been in inspired form this season”, and the 25-year-old is now Arsenal’s number one transfer target for the summer. Ghoulam, 26, “is seen as a potential successor” to Nacho Monreal at left-back adds the paper. But the pair won’t come cheap – Insigne alone will cost upwards of £44m.

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