Report: Sanchez free to leave Arsenal when replacement is signed

Daniel Karell
NBC Sports

Arsenal are fully planning for a future without Alexis Sanchez, but like this summer, a replacement will have to be signed before Sanchez is allowed to depart.

The BBC is reporting that Arsenal has lined up Bordeaux’s 20-year-old Brazilian Malcolm as it’s first choice to replace Sanchez, but the club is reluctant to let Sanchez leave before the new signing comes in.

An interest facet to the latest reporting over Sanchez is that a fee has not been agreed yet, though discussions between Manchester City and Arsenal are ongoing. But the latest news is that Manchester United has entered the transfer discussions, which could force Manchester City to raise its transfer bid for the Chilean.

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The report states that it expects Arsenal to accept a bid between $34-41 million.

It was reported on Wednesday that Arsenal were to meet with Malcolm’s representatives to enquire over his potential transfer.

It’s looking more and more likely that Sanchez will leave Arsenal sooner rather than later, but with Arsene Wenger‘s historical reluctance to pull the trigger on signings early in the transfer window, this saga may be prolonged for the next few weeks.

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