Arsenal could reportedly part ways with contract rebel Alexis Sanchez this month with Manchester City said to be planning a cash-plus-player offer for the Chile international.
The 28-year-old featured for the first time for the Gunners this term as they were thumped by Liverpool by a 4-0 scoreline at Anfield.
Sanchez largely struggled to make an impact owing to his reduced fitness, and he was later caught smirking on the bench after being substituted after the hour way mark.
According to The Star, the Citizens are plotting a club-record attempt for the Gunners ace which will include a fringe player acting as a makeweight.
Pep Guardiola’s side are prepared to offer as much as £70m for the attacker alongside Jason Denayer, who has previously attracted Gunners interest.
The Belgium international has not featured for City in his professional career with loan spells at Celtic, Galatasaray and Sunderland in the past three seasons.
Wenger has been linked with a potential swoop for Denayer last summer due to his versatility to play in central defence, central midfield or right-back, and this could potentially test the Gunners’ resolve prior to the deadline.
The 22-year-old is currently at odds with the club’s hierarchy after he blasted them for trying to push through a loan move to feeder club Girona rather than permitting his preferred switch to Lyon.
The long-standing manager has repeatedly insisted that Sanchez is not for sale in the transfer window but yesterday’s result will have done no favours in keeping his star man.
Apart from Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be on the move amid interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool, who could be prepared to match his £35m asking price.